What are Semantic Applications?

Semantic-aware applications infer the meaning, or semantics, of information on the Internet to make connections and provide answers that would otherwise be elusive or altogether invisible. New applications use the context of information as well as the content to make determinations about relationships between bits of data; examples such as TripIt, SemaPlorer, and Xobni organize information about travel plans, places, or email contacts and display it in convenient formats based on semantic connections. Semantic searching is being applied to scientific inquiries, allowing researchers to find relevant information without having to deal with apparently similar, but irrelevant, information. Semantic applications have the potential to be immensely powerful educational resources that enable students to more effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information. Semantic applications also have applications in the fields of data mining and learning analytics.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Semanatic Applications are on the radar for already quite a long time. The technology seems already mature to me. The challenge is to create really useful services using semantic technology. Semantic applications could be used to detect and to visualize interactions and connections between researchers and their work with others. Or to enrich the library catalogues with LOD in order to get more useful information to a specific topic. In a next step it is important to use semantic relations for research and to use already published LOD for research purposes (for example for altmetrics).- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 28, 2012 - Melissa.Langdon Melissa.Langdon Dec 2, 2012
  • It is relevant to how librarians, digital humanists, computational social scientists, and big data scientists are (or should be) all approaching their work. It is relevant how both preservation and access to Big Data, and all educational data, are conceived. See "Linked Data: A Way Out of the Information Chaos and Toward the Semantic Web" by Stanford University Librarian Michael Keller: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/linked-data-way-out-information-chaos-and-toward-semantic-web . And as a specific example, see the Finnish Cultural Semantic Web 2.0: http://www.kulttuurisampo.fi/ . - richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 30, 2012
  • SIRI already on millions of iphones is a practical application of the semantic web, voice activated or location based semantic applications will become big players in search and interactive knowledge applications.- DaveP DaveP Dec 2, 2012

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