Thursday, January 10, 2008

Semantic Web Killer App - where art thou?

Alex Iskold has a nice blog post today about the simple, but elusive question "Semantic Web: What is the Killer App?"

He looks at both the holy grail of classic A.I. applications, such as natural language understanding and what he calls the "genie in a bottle", and then proceeds to look at more realistic apps, such as semantic knowledge databases, semantic search, social graphs, and shortcuts.

On area that he misses is in the enterprise integration space and is sometimes called semantic mapping, ontology mapping, or semantic integration.

Other useful discussions of possible application areas and interesting adoptions are here:

So it seems that we still need to wait a bit for the killer app of the Semantic Web. One thing is clear, though: whoever creates that killer app will probably be using Altova SemanticWorks for their RDF and OWL editing, and ontology creation in the process. While the killer app is not here yet, the perfect developer tool to create that killer app already exists... :)

1 comment:

MN said...

Hello Alexander,

Last year we had some subsidies from the EU for semantic technology development.
I tried to get some people in the industry interested but guess what:
95% have no idea about this technology and the 5% that know about don't think that this will turn into an application soon. Regards, Micahel