When I helped launch the Semantic Technology Conference and later the SemanticUniverse.com website, I also started watching the Semantic Technology Industry. In the time since that first SemTech Conference in 2005, I have watched the technologies and the surrounding community grow significantly. Along the way, the business of the Semantic Web has also grown up. Standards have been refined, tools developed, books written, partnerships formed, investments made, and companies have grown. Today, organizations have real-world implementations to show. The case studies are robust, and are allowing companies to do things in ways they simply could not before. Often, they are able to do so in less time and at a lower cost than before. There are companies that have built solid in-house, B2B and B2C semantic applications and tools. There are startups and innovations. There are creative semantic solutions to traditional data management issues and business concerns.
There is a lot going on in the world of Semantic Web business. And yet, we have barely begun to scratch the surface.
In September, SemanticUniverse.com and the SemTech Conference were acquired by WebMediaBrands. For more information about the acquisition, see the initial announcement and Tony Shaw’s recent blog post . I am absolutely thrilled about what this merger means for the community. We will offer the same excellent multimedia content and live events you have come to expect from both organizations. In coming days, weeks, and months, we will introduce new community tools and resources. If you are new to the world of Semantic Web, Web 3.0, and Linked Data, we want to welcome you and offer a guiding hand, and we will be working hard to provide the platform for you to connect with other members of the community.
We have big plans.
We aim to be the go-to place for Semantic Web business news, information, education, training, discussion, and community. And we — like the industry itself — have barely begun to scratch the surface.
The merger means that you will continue to hear the wonderful reporting of Jennifer Zaino and the folks who have been contributing to Semantic Universe. It means you will hear some new voices – thought leaders, developers, business leaders, publishers, media professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors. You will hear from people who have worked with Semantic Technologies for years and from those who are still in early days on their own journeys.
I also encourage you to participate actively. As we build out this site, we want to hear from you: what do you like and not like? Post your comments to the site and/or send me an email (eric-at-semanticweb-dot-com). What do you want to see more of? How can we help you get the resources you need? And if you have something you want to say publicly, let me know! I am always looking for compelling stories, case studies, news, interviews, and ideas.
I hope you will come back often and join the conversation.
I also hope we see you at one of our face-to-face events. The next one is coming up fast – the Semantic Web Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, November 16-17, 2010. Look for another post from me about the conference in the next day or so. And if you do attend, please find me in the halls and introduce yourself.
Editor and VP Community