When people think about orchestration efforts, they tend to think about centralized, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)-based efforts. The service elements are published into reusable components that can be stitched together into workflows. This vision of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) allows central metrics of use and stability, but it precludes a common use case familiar to Unix users.


Last week’s announcement that HTTP PATCH has been adopted as an official verb via RFC 5789 has generated a lot of excitement (and questions). As a summary, the intention of each verb is:


RelFinder, a new Adobe Flex-based application, has been announced by a collection of researchers from the University of Stuttgart, the Carlos III University of Madrid and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Additional contributions have been made by individuals from the University of Leipzig and AKSW.

The application can be configured to point to arbitrary RDF datasets exposed through a SPARQL endpoint, but uses several standard data sets out of the box. The default sources include:


In part I of this two-part series, Dean Allemang & Scott Henninger draw on years of teaching TopQuadrant’s introduction course on the Semantic Web to make some observations on teaching Semantic Web concepts to a wide variety of students.


Cirrus Shakeri, SAP Labs In this talk we will report on using semantic technologies in implementing tools for enterprise information management and decision support systems. We have built proof-of-concept software tools that assist knowledge workers in making sense of information within the context of some business processes.


There comes a point in most programmers careers where they make a startling realization. Computer programming has nothing to do with mathematics, and everything to do, ultimately, with language. It’s a sobering thought. The art of computer programming largely involves the creation of and manipulation of text at the level of the individual character, at the level of the word, the line, the paragraph – and from there to the next level of abstraction:


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.


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>.

Executive Summary

This case study explains the development and deployment of the Immunisation Explorer, a newly created business application within UCB Group that has been developed to exploit the semantic services provided through the Metatomix Semantic Platform.