This week on the Semantic Web Barak Obama backs "big data", Wiki gets wiser and Kevin Lee delves deeper into Google's semantic transformation. We also report on the launch of the Semantic University which aims to be the most accessible and complete place to learn about the Semantic Web and other semantic technologies.

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.

 

Obama Gets the Big Data BugThe Register

Six US federal government agencies are putting more than $US200 million to try and wrap their heads around the dizzying world of “big data”. The big-ticket buzzword hunt is being led by the White House Office of Science and Technology, along with the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, DARPA, and the US Geological Survey.

 

Techies Team Up to Make Wikipedia SmarterWall Street Journal

Three of the world’s most high profile technologists are trying to make Wikipedia smarter and more accurate.

 

Goodbye Keywords? Google Gets SemanticClickz

In the next several years, it's quite possible that the way we think about keyword targeting within the SERP may undergo a significant, perhaps radical transformation; even to the point where a good portion of the time the ads being triggered against keyword queries bear little resemblance to the keyword phrases in our accounts, yet are still highly relevant to the searcher. Google's adoption of "semantic search" may be one of the primary drivers of this change.

 

Cambridge Semantics Launches Semantic UniversityPRWeb

Cambridge Semantics has announced the launch of Semantic University which aims to be the most accessible and complete place to learn about the Semantic Web and other semantic technologies. Semantic technologies are already having a huge impact on the web-especially with the advent of Schema.org and the Facebook Open Graph-and are moving rapidly into the Fortune 500, with companies as diverse as Merck, Chevron, and the US Air Force taking advantage of them. However, there is very little well-curated material that helps those new to the space find their bearings and get started. Semantic University aims to solve this problem and, in doing so, increase the adoption rate of Semantic Web technologies.