What the US Department of Veterans Affairs is Doing with Linked Data

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csrby Angela Guess

Our sister website SemanticWeb.com has put out a new podcast discussing the use of Linked Data at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eric Franzon writes, “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.”

He adds, “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.”

Listen to the podcast at SemanticWeb.com.

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