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  • Improving Web Accessibility with Semantic HTML and Testing Techniques and Tools

    Web accessibility benefits all of us. Designers, developers, and testers can check for web accessibility and can make the web and services more inclusive, for instance by using semantic HTML, following web standards when coding, and testing for web accessibility. Countries are introducing regulations to enforce inclusive standards.

  • JSON-LD Reaches W3C Recommendation Status

    The W3C RDF Working Group has moved the JSON-LD and JSON-LD 1.0 Processing Algorithms and API standards forward to recommended status. JSON-LD is a standard to add "linked data" semantics to JSON.

  • - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! Agree on a Common Markup Vocabulary [Updated]

    Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have decided to propose a common markup vocabulary,, based on the Microdata format, simplifying the job of webmasters who want to give meaning to their web pages content.

  • The Open Group Releases a New Technical Standard - SOA Ontology

    A lack of mutually agreed-upon SOA terms, definitions and concepts can create interoperability issues that inhibit end-to-end business activities within an organization, as well as between vendor, customer, and partner organizations. A new Open Group Standard - Service-Oriented Architecture Ontology - is trying to fill this gap.

  • Nuxeo Introduces fise Semantic Engine

    Nuxeo introduces fise - an open source RESTful semantic engine to which NUXEO has made contributions. The goal of the fise is to "help bring new and trendy semantic features to CMS by giving developers a stack of reusable HTTP semantic services to build upon." fise is part of a larger effort, IKS (Interactive Knowledge Stack) as a means of enhancing CMS offerings with Semantic Web capabilities.

  • Media Annotations Working Group Publishes Drafts

    The W3C Media Annotations Working Group has recently posted drafts of its Ontology for Media Resource 1.0 and API for Media Resource 1.0 efforts. They have also updated the Use Cases document to reflect some of the intentions of these projects. The basic goal of the Working Group is to produce an API and domain model for handling the explosion of media content on the Web.

  • Reference Ontology for Semantic Service Oriented Architectures

    Last month, OASIS published a committee draft of Reference Ontology for Semantic Service Oriented Architectures - an abstract framework for understanding significant entities and relationships between them within a Semantically-enabled Service-Oriented environment.

  • WS-BPEL Extension for Semantic Web Services (BPEL4SWS)

    A new WS-BPEL Extension for Semantic Web Services introduces support for semantic service discovery and invocation in the services integration implementations.

  • JavaOne Semantic Web Panel

    In this JavaOne panel session, speaker shared their experiences and opinions on the current state of semantic web technologies.

  • SPARQL Update to Complete RESTful SOA Scenario

    The Linking Open Data Community Project has accomplished a global RESTful SOA giving access to over two billion interlinked statements (RDF triples) from some 50 distributed providers with one serious limitation: this stunning network provides read access only. The upcoming SPARQL Update language is going to overcome this.

  • The Semantic Web and Ontological Technologies Continue to Expand

    Ontologies and Ontological management have become more popular as enterprise architecture has gained ground in organizations. As tool support has become available and the semantic and ontological concepts are being understood, more players, like the UMBEL project, the AKSW group, and consultant Dan McCreary have come to the table with contributions.

  • Cool URIs in a RESTful World

    What might this be: "envisioned as a decentralised world-wide information space for sharing machine-readable data with a minimum of integration costs"? Is this about REST? Nope. According to SWEO, it is about the Semantic Web. Cool URIs will help making this way. So it might be worth looking whether RESTful SOA URIs can also be "cool".

  • A Comparative Clarification: Microformats vs. RDF

    James Simmons posted on the Semantic Focus blog and Johannes la Poutré on the Squio blog had a web discussion on the differentiation between Microformats and RDF as they relate to the semantic web. While they both agree that RDF and Microformats are very different, they have a very different take on how that impacts their respective relevance to the semantic web.

  • Semantic Annotations for WSDL and XML Schema (SAWSDL) Becomes a W3C Recommendation

    The Semantic Annotations for WSDL and XML Schema (SAWSDL) reached recommendation status on August 28 2007, turning it into a "W3C Standard".

  • InfoQ Interview: Rich Kilmer on the Power of Ruby

    Rich Kilmer is one of the Ruby world's great conversationalists and storytellers. In this InfoQ exclusive interview, Rich tells us about using Ruby at DARPA, the research arm of the USA's military, plus how he has leveraged a variety of cutting-edge software and techniques such as Flash, DSLs, OWL and semantic web technologies in conjunction with Ruby.