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Short article on Semantic Search

I’ve written a short article on Semantic Search for the Semantic Web zone of, a developer’s site run by Jupiter Online Media, the folks behind

I begin with some argumentation as to why we need semantics in search. I talk about what I see as an interesting complementarity between recent advances in automated semantic tagging of natural text and other approaches to bringing metadata to the Web (such as exposing databases and APIs as RDF). Lastly, I went into a bit of detail as to how Yahoo’s SearchMonkey has been benefiting from Semantic Web technology in what we’ve been doing up to now, and the ways in which the widening adoption of semantic technology is driving us towards simplification.


p.s. Also on DevX: an introduction to OpenCalais and SearchMonkey by James Leigh.