by Eric Franzon
Our podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” sponsored by Zepheira, focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. In the latest episode, we speak with Ramanathan “R.V.” Guha about a project at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that utilized Linked Data and the schema.org vocabulary to develop a mechanism by which returning veterans can find employment opportunities. The work was originally announced in 2011 by schema.org and the White House, and has seen significant growth and adoption in the time since that announcement.
In the podcast, we discuss with Guha several resources, including:
About R.V. Guha
Ramanathan V. Guha is a Fellow at Google, heading initiatives such as Custom Search, the Search based keyword tool, SMS Channels and Schema.org. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, an MS from University of California Berkeley and a Ph.D from Stanford University. Guha was one of the early co-leaders of the Cyc Project where he worked from 1987 through 1994 at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. He then founded Q Technology, which created a database schema mapping tool called Babelfish. In 1994, he moved to work at Apple Computer, reporting to Alan Kay, where he developed the Meta Content Framework (MCF) format. In 1997 he joined Netscape Corporation where together with Tim Bray, he created a new version of MCF that used the XML language and which became the main technical precursor to W3C’s Resource Description Framework (RDF) standard. Guha also contributed to the “smart browsing” features of Netscape 4.5 and was instrumental in Netscape’s acquisition of the Open Directory Project. In March 1999, he created the first version of RSS as part of Netscape’s personalized home page project. In 1999 he left Netscape and in May co-founded Epinions where he worked until 2000. Guha founded Alpiri in late 2000 which created TAP, a semantic web application and knowledge base. In 2002, he became a researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center.
Zepheira is a leading research, development and professional services organization with extensive experience building systems using Semantic Web and rich Web collaboration (also known as Web 2.0). They help organizations channel information online in flexible context in order to work with the varying audiences that characterize the global Web.