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Re: web to semantic web : an automated approach

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 11:40:05 -0400
Message-ID: <49048F55.9000102@openlinksw.com>
To: "रविंदर ठाकुर (ravinder thakur)" <ravinderthakur@gmail.com>
CC: public-lod@w3.org

रविंदर ठाकुर (ravinder thakur) wrote:
> Hello Friends,
> I have been following semantic web for some time now and have seen 
> quite a lot of projects being run (dbpedia, FOAF, LOD etc) trying to 
> generate/organize some semantic content. While these approaches might 
> have been successful in their goals, one major problem plaguing 
> semantic web as a whole is the lack of semantic content. Unfortunately 
> there is nothing in sight that we can rely on to generate semantic 
> content for the truckloads of information being put on web everyday. I 
> strongly feel that one of the _wrong_ assumption in semantic web 
> community is that content creators will be creating a semantic data. 
> This I think is too much for the asking from even more technically 
> sound part of web community let along whole of the web community. It 
> hasn't happened over last so many years and I don't see it happening 
> in the near future.
> To really move the semantic web forward is a mechanism to device a 
> mechanism to _automatcially_ convert the information over the web to 
> semantic information. There are many softwares/services that can be 
> used for this purpose. I am currently developing one prototype for 
> this purpose. This prototype uses services from 
> OpenCalais(http://www.opencalais.com/) to convert ordinary text to 
> semantic form. This service is very limited in what entities supports 
> at the moment but its a very good start. I am pretty sure there will 
> be many other good options available that might be unknown to me. The 
> currently very primitive prototype can be seen at 
> http://arcse.appspot.com. This currently implements very few of the 
> ideas I have for this. This is hosted on Google's AppEngine so 
> sometime gives timeout messages internally so please bear with this :).
> This automatic conversion however is not a simple task and needs work 
> in lot in domains ranging form NLP to artificial intelligence to 
> semantic web to logic etc. So that's why this mail. I will be more 
> than happy if we can join together to form a like minded team that can 
> work on solving this most important problem plaguing semantic web 
> currently.
> Waiting for your suggestions/criticisms. And Happy Diwali 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali> too :)
> Ravinder Thakur
> PS : I posted similar query here 
> <http://www.nabble.com/web-to-semantic-web-%3A-an-automated-approach-td20064203.html>as 
> well. That generated some good debate.

Please read the various posts I've made about RDF Middleware which is 
all about the recently branded "top-down" approach to the Linked Data 
Web. From day one, I've always subscribed to the belief that structured 
linked data will need to be generated from existing Web content in order 
for the Linked Data aspect of the Web to blossom.


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