As noted earlier, there is audible sentiment from within the Semantic Community that the necessary, underlying components for the Semantic Web to become a reality are in place. Discussion of the Vision is often as a destination – so to extend the trip metaphor, having the components in place means perhaps that we’ve packed for the journey.

Emergency Exit: Semantic Web (White on Green, Hi-Res)Image by semanticwebcompany via FlickrSome who are taking this journey have chosen vehicles, others are arguing about who is going to drive, who the passengers will be (never mind which one will have the back, middle seat). Once everyone is in and we’re pulling out of the driveway, you need to have an idea of the route that’ll be taken – with other questions in the back of our minds such as which stops we’ll make along the way, where we’ll fuel up, (what kind of fuel economy we’ll need), and where and in what setting we’ll actually settle when we get “there”.

So what are the routes (and vehicles, drivers…) to the Semantic Web and to enterprise adoption of semantic capabilities? These are some of the questions we’ll dig into this Tuesday night, when I’m one of the moderators on the panel at the Semantic Web NYC Meetup, at LinkedData Planet.

Additional details on the panel –
When/Where : June 17th, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York
Panel Leader: Marco Neumann, New York Semantic Web Meetup
Moderators: Hank Williams, Founder/CEO, Kloudshare & Eric Hoffer, Second Integral

  • Sergey Chernyshev, CTO, Semantic Communities LLC
  • Dan Connolly, Research Scientist, W3
  • Christine Connors, Global Dir., Semantic Technology Solutions, Dow Jones
  • Taylor Cowan, Emerging Solutions Principal, Sabre Holdings, Travelocity
  • Richard Cyganiak, Reseacher, DERI and Project Leader D2RQ
  • Nic Fulton PhD, Chief Scientist, Reuters Media
  • Marc Hadfield, President and CTO, Alitora
  • Savas Parastastidis PhD, Architect, Technical Computing, Microsoft Research

Background: The basic concept of the Semantic Web is for information to be accessible and usable based on the meaning of that information as opposed to just matching text (vocabulary and synonyms) and hoping that the on the one hand, and versus complex data mappings and brittle proprietary approaches (such as directly coding together, or even APIs). In either case, the idea has been described as the standardization what can be expected in terms of the form of the information, and inclusion of the information’s context alongside the information itself.