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.

This week we bring you the award winning innovators who enrich our experience of the semantic web, alongside the library technology which will allow us to share these advancements seamlessly. The 2011 Semantic Web Challenge saw first prize go to the multidisciplinary authors of BOTTARI; Locationbased Social Media Analysis with Semantic Web and SchemEX - Web-Scale Indexed Schema Extraction of Linked Open Data, meanwhile PolarLake announce that they have been awarded the Technology Innovation Award at the Annual Irish Software Association Awards. In addition, libraries could be taking a leaps forward turning to the semantic web and linked data to make often buried information more accessible for all.

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Elsevier Announces Winners Semantic Web Challenge

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the winners of the Semantic Web Challenge. Participants in the Challenge applied semantic web techniques in building online end-user applications that integrate, combine and deduce information needed to assist users in performing tasks.

PolarLake Win Technology Innovation Award

The award acknowledges PolarLakes achievement in producing the world’s first Semantics Based Data Management Platform for Financial Services Firms. The category was the most competitive of the evening with 12 other companies nominated for the award but PolarLake was selected because of its ability to innovatively apply Semantic Web and Big Data Technologies to solve Data Management problems in Financial Services Firms.

Library of Congress Provides Details About Transition Away From MARC

"Embracing common exchange techniques (the Web and Linked Data) and broadly adopted data models (RDF) will move the current library-technological environment away from being a niche market unto itself to one more readily understandable by present and future data creators, data modelers, and software developers," the LC plan says. "The new bibliographic framework we are aiming for will broaden participation in the network of resources, librarians will be able to do a much better job of linking their patrons to resources of all kinds (from the library and from many other sources), and costs can be better contained."

Making Semantic Sense of Unstructured Data

A somewhat stifling aspect of many sophisticated semantic search tools is the need to build ontologies and taxonomies to organize the data. Nonsense, says David Patterson, the co-founder and CEO of Sophia Search, who believes in freedom from taxonomies or ontologies. “The Sophia Digital Librarian is all about content enrichment within organizations or repositories,” says Patterson. “It helps organizations improve the findability of the content they have in their organization or external repositories.” Interest is high among pharma companies, life science organizations and the scientific publishing community. The Digital Librarian is built on Sophia’s patented contextual discovery engine,” says Patterson. “We’re empowering organizations to become more innovative and creative through discovery. Search should not just be about retrieving information you expect to find but also about uncovering and discovering new things you weren’t aware of.”