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What the hell is the Semantic Web and why have we been talking about it for 16 years?
Is it A.I.? Is it Web 3.0? Is it exciting and imminent or can you continue to ignore it?
Tim Berners-Lee initiated the development of the most amazing information exchange platform we could have imagined and it has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Interestingly, the Web we know is only a fraction of what he intended. He has since been championing extensions to this platform (part of the original vision!) to improve the machine processability of the Web. We are seeing the emergence of not just a Web of Documents, but a Web of Data too. As we watch it unfold, there is every reason to believe it will have an even bigger impact on our worlds, how we communicate and how we share information.
That's at least the story. What is the truth?
We are seeing rapid development and adoption of these Semantic Web technologies in both public and private ways. The truth is it is mostly very hot, it will change everything and you should absolutely care. I will tell you why.
by Ryan Senior
Determining what RDF repository to use for a project can be a daunting task. With so many repository choices, benchmarks and usage scenarios, where do you start? This talk discusses how Revelytix answered that question. The talk will cover the test framework written by Revelytix in Clojure, including a language for defining tests, a harness for executing the tests and using CouchDB to store the results. Example Clojure code will be included along with a discussion around the available RDF benchmarks. The talk will also discuss the test harness using EC2 instances for cheap performance testing and how we interpreted those results using Incanter.
14th–15th October 2010