The beginning of a new year and a new decade is a perfect opportunity to take stock of how the world is changing and how we can change with it. Over the past year I have been writing on many foundational topics relevant to the use of semantic technologies in enterprises.
In this post I bring those threads together to present a unified view of these foundations — some seven pillars — to theopen semantic enterprise.
Byopen semantic enterprise we mean an organization that uses the languages and standards of thesemantic Web, includingRDF,RDFS,OWL,SPARQL andothers to integrate existing information assets, using the best practices oflinked data and theopen world assumption, and targeting knowledge management applications. It does so using some or all of the seven foundational pieces (”pillars”) noted herein.
The foundational approaches to the open semantic enterprise do not necessarily mean open data nor open source (though they are suitable for these purposes with many open source tools available). The techniques can equivalently be applied to internal, closed, proprietary data and structures. The techniques can themselves be used as a basis for bringing external information into the enterprise. ‘Open’ is in reference to the critical use of the open world assumption.
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