Starting in 2011, look to a gradual shift away from constraining or contrived architectures, based on outdated analogies with building architecture or the traditional business, application, data/information, technology architecture EA “stack”. Tomorrow’s IT architectures may be more like the analogy where a building is architected in Zero-G (gravity). In such an environment, would we really pour the foundation first, and then establish the support beams and framing to be pre-requisite, dependant, and therefore locked in, for the life of the system? IT architectures — especially application and information architectures based upon emerging Semantic Web-based technologies — are far less constrained, allowing for refactoring, growth, and evolution in a real-time manner. There is no lock-in to Read more
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The Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud has doubled in size approximately every year since 2007 and is now collection of more than 200 datasets that offer more than 25 billion interlinked facts, available across widely diverse domains such as government, scientific, medical, social media, geographic, and other data. All of this publicly accessible data now comprises an estimated 395 million links between around 25 billion RDF statements. Starting in 2011, increasingly interesting and useful Semantically Aware Applications (SAAs), in the form of mashups against this semantically-defined data, will begin to proliferate massively. Look for governments (exemplified by www.data.gov in the United States and www.data.gov.uk in England) — in the continued spirit of transparency and accountability Read more
Nearly six months ago, the subject for this month’s Cutter IT Journal was conceived, and I was flattered to be invited to serve as the guest editor. Through the collective volunteer efforts (involving thousands of hours) by seven outstanding contributing authors, the set of cutting edge opinion, entitled “The Rise of the Semantic Enterprise”, has now been born. A few quick excerpts follow: “By exploiting the technologies of the Semantic Web, a semantic enterprise can create a people-machine continuum that enhances business agility”. “The emerging Semantic Web will require us to dramatically rethink traditional notions of how business, data/information, application, and technology architectures are conceptualized and realized within an enterprise.” “If CIOs are serious about Read more
Wolfram|Alpha is described as having four key components: An ever-growing repository of underlying curated data piped in and stored on Wolfram Research systems, complementing the existing computable data stores already available through Mathematica. 5-6M lines of computational code repurposed from the Mathematica software kernel Rudimentary natural language processing (NLP) capability, which is optimized for this specific domain, and mapped into the underlying computational pattern language Automated presentation of results in the most useful way, using text, graphics, and sound, for the context of the submitted inquiry. Relating Wolfram|Alpha to the Semantic Web As a researcher interested in all things related to the Semantic Web, I wanted to find out more about if, or how, Wolfram|Alpha Read more
Earlier this month, via web conference, I had the privilege of participating in a live demo of the pre-release Wolfram|Alpha, presented in person by Mr. Wolfram, and had the opportunity to ask questions during the call. Subsequently, I received an invitation-only access to use the Wolfram|Alpha test application. The following is based on my notes during the presentation, as well as my own experiences test-driving Wolfram|Alpha. As he started the call, Mr. Wolfram boldly exposed his ambition and the vision driving the Wolfram|Alpha project. To paraphrase (I took detailed notes!), he stated that this work will provide us the capability to take all the knowledge that exists in the world, and allow us to compute Read more
Based on his previous groundbreaking successes in the fields of computational science and mathematics, my expectations are high for Wolfram|Alpha, a new venture by Stephen “Mathematica” Wolfram, also author of 2002’s soaring 1280-page book entitled A New Kind of Science. Mr. Wolfram’s blog entry states: It’s going to be a website: WolframAlpha.com. With one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms. Wolfram|Alpha is billed as a web-based “Computational Knowledge Engine”, and is built upon the knowledgebase and foundational principles established with Mathematica and A New Kind of Science (referred to by Mr. Wolfram and his team as project NKS). Read more