This week on the semantic web blog, The Digital Enterprise Research Institute aims to make sense of the torrent of information that is Web 3.0, Christopher Mims talks about programme languages and we get to grips with taxonomies. Lastly,  Ron Powell discusses benefits of data virtualization in a Q&A with Suresh Chandrasekaran.

A New Level of Intelligence for the Worldwide WebIrish Times

DERI has now grown to become the world’s largest semantic web (web 3.0) research institute, and it engages with companies, from start-ups through to multinationals, bringing to bear its expertise in big data, semantics, analytics, data integration, search, sensor middleware and more. The semantic web is a term coined by web pioneer and DERI advisory board member Tim Berners-Lee to describe the “web of data” that enables machines to understand the semantics, or meaning, of information on the web. It involves the insertion of machine-readable metadata into web pages to give information on how they are related to each other, enabling automated agents (computers) to access the web more intelligently and perform tasks on behalf of users. Berners-Lee has defined the semantic web as “a web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines.”

Why Only Designers Can Create New Programming Languages - MIT Technology Review

Compared to the versions that are hacked together late at night under insane deadline pressure, the programming languages to come out of academia are failures. Well, not all of them. History can speak for itself. Via UC Irvine computer scientist Cristina Videira Lopes, who deserves credit for any insight you might get from this post, which is a gloss on her excellent, if long, Research in Programming Languages.

Data Virtualization Now Mainstream: A Q&A Spotlight with Suresh Chandrasekaran of Denodo - Beye Network

I emphasize a few things: unified data access, disparate data, delivered to multiple applications, and on demand. From a business user perspective, they simply have to access this virtual data layer that delivers whatever information they want, the way they want it, and when they want it. It doesn't matter if they access the information directly from their smartphones, through a portal, a web user interface (UI), a business intelligence (BI) tool, or an enterprise application UI. Data virtualization provides more flexible, agile access to information as a service, with the appropriate security and service levels added.

What is a Taxonomy - KM World

A taxonomy is a "knowledge organization system," a set of words that have been organized to control the use of terms used in a subject field into a "vocabulary" to facilitate the storing and retrieving of items from a repository.  These Knowledge Organizations Systems (KOS) are usually specific to a knowledge domain or a topical area, a subject area, or an enterprise area. In any language, we have many names for an object or concept.  When we settle on a single descriptive label and as a main term and surround it with its synonyms we have the beginnings of a KOS.