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Re: Any comment on Talis/Kasabi, and the state of the Semantic Web market ?

From: Eric Hoffer <erichoffer@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:32:17 -0700 (PDT)
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To: SW-forum Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, "Andrea Splendiani \(RRes-Roth\)" <andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk>
Cc: "semanticweb@yahoogroups.com" <semanticweb@yahoogroups.com>
I would venture that all the reasons you suggest had some impact on the move:

Re: "too early for a consistent market":
A business offering of a platform (versus a service) needs a steady flow of those wanting to generate/expose/share data, having made the decision it should be semantically structured, and who don't need/want to do so on their own (this last factor being key).

Re: "market is problematic...: things works well for
 open data... not... for the commercial sector":
Consistent with the first point, where funds are, there is also inclination toward "controlling" the data and relying on the "web of data" as the exchange.

Re: "... market place 
for "data" and "apis" doesn't make... sense, as people look for... more coherent ecosystem of data and 
tools, relative to a specific topic.":
Human inclination may still be geared toward specific-topic pools, but it may well be that the web of data is enabling the bypassing the need for independent ecosystems, with reliance instead on the web of data (the whole point - yes!).

Had posted some thoughts here: http://bit.ly/MfLIlG

Eric Hoffer

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--- On Wed, 7/18/12, Andrea Splendiani (RRes-Roth) <andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk> wrote:

From: Andrea Splendiani (RRes-Roth) <andrea.splendiani@rothamsted.ac.uk>
Subject: Any comment on Talis/Kasabi, and the state of the Semantic Web  market ?
To: "SW-forum Web" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Cc: "semanticweb@yahoogroups.com" <semanticweb@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9:11 AM

Hi,

This is a bit off-topic, but I was wondering if anybody on this forums had some thought about the decision of Talis to pull of the semantic web arena (or at least to shut down Kasabi).
One could think that it's still too early for a consistent market for "semantic services".
Or it may be that this market is problematic per se: things works well for open data (or public data). Maybe there is not a consistent advantage in "publishing data" for the commercial sector.
Maybe a market place for "data" and "apis" doesn't make much sense, as people looks for something more defined, like a more coherent ecosystem of data and tools, relative to a specific topic.

Any thoughts ?

best,
Andrea Splendiani
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