What are Semantic Applications?


Semantic-aware applications infer the meaning, or semantics, of information on the Internet to make connections and provide answers that would otherwise be elusive or altogether invisible. New applications use the context of information as well as the content to make determinations about relationships between bits of data; examples such as TripIt, SemaPlorer, and Xobni organize information about travel plans, places, or email contacts and display it in convenient formats based on semantic connections. Semantic searching is being applied to scientific inquiries, allowing researchers to find relevant information without having to deal with apparently similar, but irrelevant, information. Semantic applications have the potential to be immensely powerful educational resources that enable students to more effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information. Semantic applications also have applications in the fields of data mining and learning analytics.

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1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • A must in a HE context. Managing information today is an almost impossible task - a banal, but nonetheless true remark - and technologies that support this process are not only desirable, but needed and necessary. This is a field we have to prioritize - to my opinion at least. - ole ole Oct 7, 2013
  • a must also for libraries. Curation of LOD, creating connections between vocabularies will be an important task for libraries. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 16, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • I'm afraid i tend to write about this problem under (1), but anyway: information management is a cornerstone of all programs and degrees, and as HE teachers we have to teach out students to use this technology - across academic fields, across subjects, and perhaps in cooperation with research libraries.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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