PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast the Semantic Web
The freely available PricewaterhouseCoopers Spring 2009 Technology Forecast explains the value of the Semantic Web and Linked Data in the context of Enterprise applications, presenting interviews with leaders in the field and outlining how CIOs and individual departments can introduce Semantic Web technologies into their organizations.
- “During the next three to five years, we forecast a transformation of the enterprise data management function driven by explicit engagement with data semantics” and
- “PricewaterhouseCoopers believes a Web of data will develop that fully augments the document Web of today”.
“URIs are more specific in a Semantic Web context than URLs, often including a hash that points to a thing such as an individual musician, a song of hers, or the label she records for within a page, rather than just the page itself.”
Each statement is a triple, a subject-predicate-object combination.
“In this universe of nouns and verbs, the verbs articulate the connections, or relationships, between nouns. Each noun then connects as a node in a networked structure, one that scales easily because of the simplicity and uniformity of its Web-like connections.”
The Web of data approach clearly benefits a company such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which “links to URIs at DBpedia.org, a version of the structured information on Wikipedia, to enrich sites such as its music site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/)”. It also links MusicBrainz for information about artists and recording.
As described by Tom Scott of BBC Earth:
“The relationship between the BBC content, the DBpedia content, and MusicBrainz is no more than URIs. We just have links between these things, and we have an ontology that describes how this stuff maps together.”
Other reviews of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Spring 2009 Technology Forecast include:
- Enterprises, Struggling to Manage Your Data? Try The Semantic Web
- PWC report on Semantic Web
- Semantic Web and Enterprise: PricewaterhouseCooper’s call to a Linked Data future
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