Semantic Technology 2011 Conference – Ontology is the New Taxonomy by Rennie Walker
I spent a couple of days recently at the Semantic Technology 2011 conference inSan Francisco. A number of different themes and implementations struck a chord with me – and I could overview these all together at length. But for now I will focus on two particular implementations that showcase both success, for all of us to learn from, and themes/directions, for information management professionals to pay heed to. These two themes, in my view of this conference, are: Ontology is the New Taxonomy and Managing Vocabulary to Build Semantics-Based Knowledge Experiences.
In this post I want to begin a discussion on the first–using semantic technology to build ontology-based websites–by telling the story of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World Cup Website. Quite apart from it being a landmark achievement, there are also huge implications for those who build taxonomies – since taxonomies as we currently know them (“flat” hierarchies, faceted or not) are likely going to play a more minor role in the emerging semantic web world.
Source: Earley & Associates