Tag Archive for BestBuy

Announcing: Best Buy Product Catalog via Semantic Endpoints

A new resource has been announced on Best Buy’s BBYOpen blog: Metis Alpha. Like Best Buy’s earlier forays into Semantic Web use, this one started with a business problem. As the announcement states: “These days, consumers have a rich variety of products available at their fingertips. A massive product landscape has evolved, but sadly products…

Linked Data on the Web Workshop at WWW 2012

This year was the 5th version of the Linked Data on the Web Workshop co-located at the World Wide Web Conference going on in Lyon, France. At this workshop, seven issues caught my attention: 1) Media: Yunja Li presented on Synote: Weaving Media Fragments and Linked Data. This is interesting for those who not only…

The Semantic Web Has Gone Mainstream! Wanna Bet?

In 2005, I started learning about the so-called Semantic Web. It wasn’t till 2008, the same year I started my PhD, that I finally understood what the Semantic Web was really about. At the time, I made a $1000 bet with 3 college buddies that the Semantic Web would be mainstream by the time I…

Schema.org, Microdata, RDFa, and Black Friday at BestBuy

Jay Myers, Lead Web Development Engineer at BestBuy, has moved the proverbial ball forward yet again by creating an implementation of the schema.org vocabulary in BestBuy’s Black Friday web pages. First, a bit of history… Myers began incorporating structured data into BestBuy web pages in 2009. Starting initially with basic store information (hours of operation,…

The Semantic Web is Taking Hold in Business

The semantic web is extending its reach into more and more businesses with tremendous effect. Ebags.com, for example saw a 33% rise in holiday sales in 2010 over its 2009 holiday sales. The company’s co-founder credits much of that increase to their new semantic retail platform powered by Endeca Technologies.