Alan B.


Vienna, VA

Member since:

January 8, 2009


What are your thoughts about the Semantic Web? Is it the next Big Thing?

I hope so, but I recall the all the AI promises from 1985 to around 1992 (I was working on Lisp, KEE, and OPS-5 expert systems). We built a lot of infrastructure technology, but failed to be the next big thing. Still, it looks very promising.

Which new technologies would you like to learn? Have you worked with any "semantic" technologies such as XML, RDF, OWL, GRDDL, or SPARQL?

Done work with XML, RDF and basic OWL. Starting to pick-up SPARQL. Also, interested in design notations to capture semantics. I am taking a deep look at Object-Role Modeling (maps to FOL) and OCL.

Which applications or web sites will make the Semantic Web a reality in the public eye?

Google (I think of PageRank indices as metadata) and eventually Semantic Wikipedia. Maybe something in E-Commerce if we can build systems that zap cross-domain transaction costs.


I am an architecture lead who is applying semantic technologies to application integration and enterprise architecture. I want to broaden my knowledge to improve my effectiveness and have intellectual fun.

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