Posts Tagged ‘business’

Explaining semantics and its value for Enterprise 2.0 at the Belgium SAI platform

October 18, 2008

Professor Dr. Robert Meersman, Stijn Christiaens, and myself presented at our evening conference of the Belgium SAI network. The “Studiecentrum voor Automatische Informatieverwerking”, or SAI for short, is the learning platform for all ICT professionals. SAI organizes evening conferences and workshops on a regular basis. SAI’s main goals are:

  • improving the interest in the field of information processing,
  • realizing knowledge transfer and exchange of experience in information processing, and
  • creating an informal network for the exchange of professional expertise and experience from practice in information processing.

Professor Meersman kicked off the talk with a broad overview on the why, what, where and how of semantics in general. Pieter continued with the how by explaining best practices and an agile methodological approach to business semantics management. I then showed briefly how semantics can be applied to solve real-world enterprise problems, such as semantic alignment in the extended enterprise.

Despite the fact that semantics is state of the art, and semantic technology is not well known in industry, we had an interested audience of about 30 professionals. We received interesting feedback and confirmation of the relevance of the issues semantic technology can tackle. A next step is the organization of a more in-depth workshop, where attendees can really tackle semantics hands-on, using Collibra‘s tangible solutions on their own business semantics.


Challenges and Opportunities for More Meaningful and Sustainable Internet Systems

September 30, 2008

De Leenheer, P. and Christiaens, S. (2008) Challenges and Opportunities for More Meaningful and Sustainable Internet Systems. In Proc. of Future of the Internet Symposium 2008 (Vienna, Austria), LNCS, Springer


Design for a DNS of Information

Despite its technological success story, the Internet is facing a rampant growth of isolated ontologies and a massive dump of unstructured legacy data. Therefore, architecting the next generation of the Internet will require a paradigm shift that goes beyond technological excellence. This is the main hypothesis we take and defend in this paper. Main drivers behind the dynamics of this future Web 3.0 are the massive and meaningful reconciliation of disparate data sources and service discovery, and the pervasiveness of these processes in daily life and work of on-line communities. Paving our way to more meaningful and sustainable internet systems, we devise a three-dimensional problem space from which we draw challenges and methodological opportunities.  Next, based on this, we propose a DNS of Information. Finally, we substantiate our proposal with related research projects, practices, and initiatives that act as main catalysts or adopters.