This week take a look into how the semantic web will evolve design capabilities in the future. Meanwhile,  Justin Gilbreath reports on RDF, OWL, SPARQL and the many other technologies which have made the semantic web a technically viable and lastly, Mark Ballard and Mukul Pal talk business, innovation and the semantic web.

Each week we bring you the most thought-provoking news on how the semantic web is changing the way web users discover, interact and exchange online.

We hope you find the links useful, and if you’d like us to cover any particular aspect of the semantic web in the comments box below.




Is This Finally the Era of Wysiwyg Web Design?PC Pro

Tom Arah investigates whether the dream of design-rich, code-free web authoring is finally coming true

The Creative LeverageBusiness Standard

The conclusion is that the pattern of cycles in markets is as simple as the one on the web. The same predictive tools that can predict up and down in stock market cycles, connect Superbowl wins and 2012 stock market forecasts can also be used to create a semantic web. Capital markets or non-capital markets, just like creativity, cycles overlap and in the end, we are all snowflake.

What Happened to the Semantic Web, and What is Possible Until it Arrives?PR Web

One could say that in some ways, we are closer than ever before. Tools and standards have been developed like RDF, OWL, SPARQL, and many more which enable the possibility of its implementation. Only the few and brave have actually gone down this road. The problems are that the technology is still only mastered by a few. Indeed’s job trend analysis looks rather grim for this changing any time soon. Maybe engineers and programmers have a different take, but consider this question on stackoverflow “Is semantic web a dead on arrival project?” where these experts go to get answers. The major nail in the coffin though is that most content creators do not see the benefits of adding the extra effort to make their content machine readable. If that was not enough, consider what Richard Padley of Semantico discusses in his article (Triple bypass – What does the death of the semantic web mean for publishers?) about Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft announcing schema.org essentially providing a way for them to use content by some simple standards for labelling in HTML5 leaving the semantic web out in the cold.

BIS dissolves public data corporationComputer Weekly

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has dissolved the Public Data Corporation while its confused policy Cabinet joint Office initiative team works out how to make open data workable. Cabinet Office rushed out a revamped Open Data strategy on 29 November, "delivering on its commitment to establish a Public Data Corporation". BIS had already established the Public Data Corporation as a private company on 11 November 2010. But the company had laid dormant for a year while the departments and the Local Public Data Panel worked out how to get an HM data-set free-for-all round the vast bellies of such comfortable institutions as the Ordnance Survey, Land Registry and Met Office.