Editorial Calendar for Semantic Universe

The Semantic Universe Editorial Calendar for 2009 is as follows:


Property First Design — Part 2 – Dave McComb


Simon and I have been working on two Enterprise Ontologies lately. While we’ve both been involved in both of them, he took the lead in reducing what we’d learned to the model for one, and I the other. 
Without prior agreement, we each took different routes to the process first design. I rounded up all the properties that had come up in the course of over a dozen interactive elicitation sessions, and decided to start there. I thought if I could rationalize them and reduce their number, surely that would be a route to elegance.

Property First Design – Dave McComb

 We’ve been experimenting lately with something we’re calling “Property First Design.”  We’ve been noticing a kind of a slow unfolding of an idea that seems to be at the center of ontological design. 

From Mary Sue to Magnificent Bastards: TV Tropes and Spontaneous Linked Data – Kurt Cagle

“Bella was such a Mary Sue!” my teenager said in disgust after she got home from seeing the movie Twilight.
“Mary Sue?”
“Yeah, you know, she was like this little too perfect girl. Talk about epic fail!” she replied heading upstairs. “I promised my cosplay group I’d IM them when I got back and talk more about it.”

High Semantics in a Down Economy – Jeff Pollock

It’s tough times out there for little companies swimming in big markets, and unlike some pundits, I don’t pretend that the Semantic Web has already “made it” as a quantifiable software market. In the Semantic Web for Dummies book, I’ve tried to offer a lot of practical advice about which uses of the Semantic Web are making people’s lives easier today.

Doug Lenat – I was positively impressed with Wolfram Alpha

Stephen Wolfram generously gave me a two-hour demo of Wolfram Alpha last evening, and I was quite positively impressed.  As he said, it’s not AI, and not aiming to be, so it shouldn’t be measured by contrasting it with HAL or Cyc but with Google or Yahoo. 

David Wood – O’Reilly Media Joins the Semantic Web

O’Reilly Media (http://oreilly.com/), the current name for the geek publishing giant founded by Tim O’Reilly, has finally joined the Semantic Web.  O’Reilly’s coining of the term “Web 2.0″ and early misunderstandings of the Semantic Web stack lead some to think that he didn’t see much value in machine readable information.  That seems to have changed, at least in within <a href=”http://labs.oreilly.com/“>O’Reilly Labs</a>.

Mitigating the risk of using semantics in the Enterprise

I was talking to a project manager within a large and very sophisticated enterprise this week about why her organization chose to go with an ERP-based implementation as opposed to a semantics-based implementation on a new master data system.  She was pushing for the semantic solution, but they weighed the pros and cons to each approach and came down in favor of the ERP system. 

Dave McComb – An OWL version of the Dublin Core

We’ve put an OWL version of the Dublin Core out on our web site, feel free to use it as is or copy and modify it. 


In the act of doing this we recognized that there are so many different ways of doing this, there may never be a standard.  A few quick notes on the design tradeoffs we made here:

Getting Semantics People together with Enterprise Data People

I should explain first, that In addition to my role at Semantic Universe, I oversee the annual educational conference on enterprise data management (EDM), called Enterprise Data World. About 900 enterprise data people will be converging on Tampa for the next event on April 5-9, 2009.