New Year's gifts - semantic spaces and 10 good books

Like in previous years I hereby present you with an electronic gift on the first day of the new year. Read More...

Pull - The New Business Model in Web 3.0

Exciting book by David Siegel: Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business.
Highly recommendable. Read More...

New research questions Symbols and Reasoning

Very much of the work being done today is still on the levels of Symbols and Logic. Take the Semantic Web and Ontologies, for instance. However, there is new research coming out, which questions this. The new direction is more heuristic than logical / analytical. Read More...

The End of the Line for Data Modelling?

Although Data Modelling as we know it has proven useful in many cases (the easy ones), there are certainly limits to the approach. Unfortunately, not being aware of the limits has led to many a disaster - such failed projects, heavy budget overruns, deadlines missed by a year or two, and - in most cases - much too complex logic. Read More...

Semantics vs. Natural Language Processing

I have argued that formal semantics are useful, but they are also, ehm, formal. Which disqualifies them from broad usage in business modelling. But things are getting better. Read More...

Trip report from ESWC 2010

Just returned from the Extended Semantic Web Conference 2010, which took place in Hersonissos, Crete, last week. It was a very good event. I wanted to find out, what the actual state of affairs are in semantics. And the answer is: Very good, thank You! There is no doubt in my mind that the semantic web standards are finding many interesting applications. Read More...

Schisma #3 - Logic and Language are different ballgames

If you flip the hat completely and pretend to be a cognitive scientist you quickly realize that the it industry has been applying the right tools to the wrong category of problems. The logic systems (UML, OWL and what have you) work fine in an automation context, but they are incomprehensible in a business environment. Read More...