A semweb experiment: The gcfin vocabulary…From flat file to RDF – Ottawa


The Ottawa Semantic Web Meetup Group

Elizabeth Hostetter will give an overview of the Department of Finance Controlled Subject Vocabulary and its representation in the simple knowledge organization system (SKOS).

Elizabeth is the Manager of Metadata Services at the Finance Canada Library.

Ottawa, ON K1N 5W1 – Canada

Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 PM

Toronto – Semantic Web Stack


photoThe Toronto Semantic Web Meetup Group


The Semantic Web allows data from multiple sources and ontologies to be integrated into a single information space using Linked Data. This talk will cover the importance of a single global information space and what standards are available to realize it within your own organization. This talk will introduce the fundamental components of the Semantic Web, including RDF and OWL.

July 2009: The Semantic Web Gang discuss RDF triple stores

In July’s episode of the Semantic Web Gang we take this week’s release of the 4store RDF triple store as a starting point, and explore the ways in which core technologies such as the triple store are becoming increasingly commoditised.

During the conversation, we refer to the following resources;

Last Call for Six Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Drafts

The W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group has published six Last Call Working Drafts. Together, they allow systems using a variety of rule languages and rule-based technologies to interoperate with each other and with other Semantic Web technologies.

Using Semantic Web Standards for Improved Text Mining


Better text mining makes it possible to connect information in a variety of sources. The technology can connect information in CRM databases with consumer e-mails and help desk reports to provide a more complete view of the customer. Text mining can also be used in national security applications to better identify terrorists and security threats; it can assist in marketing to mine reviews for feedback on products such as movies, books and music. It can help in scientific research by providing a way to better connect scientific articles.

XSPARQL published as a W3C Submission

The “XSPARQL” specification has been published as a W3C member submission, co-authored by experts of Asemantics S.R.L., DERI Galway, Fundación CTIC, INRIA, Ontotext, OpenLink Software Inc., Profium, Talis Information Ltd., and the University of Innsbruck.

Thoughts on the Semantic Technology 2009 Conference – and the Semantic Web – Kurt Cagle

here 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: