Semantic Web in the Enterprise

From Seth Ladd’s Hopes and Fears for the Semantic Web and the Enterprise

Integration is performed at two levels; the first is characterized by building data warehouses, extract/transform/load (ETL) procedures, and generally combining data repositories to create more complete data sets. The second level of enterprise integration is concerned with defining and mapping the semantics of the information sources in order to integrate knowledge across the enterprise more efficiently. It is this second level of integration that the semantic web technologies promise to help bring to fruition, because up to now this effort has not been formalized or standardized in the enterprise.

Seth talks about a few ways to fix this problem.

– Better integration with popular database products

– A better serialization of RDF in XML

– Integration of RDF statements in XHTML

In addition, it will be useful if we can articulate the clear benefits of Semantic Web for the Enterprise. To do this, we need to explain:
– How organizations currently derive benefits in using Semantic Web (some real life use cases)

– What are the potential uses for the Enterprise

– How to lower the barriers to entry for using Semantic Web technologies

A directory of Semantic Web applications will be a great start.