Semantic Engine

Written by Patricia Skinner
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A semantic engine is a search engine capable of delving into databases and matching a set of criteria with text and information retrieved. Semantic engine technology has spawned some very ambitious programs to support navigation of the Worldwide Web, including Resource Description Framework (RDF), which is a system for describing and interchanging metadata, which would then be recognized by a semantic engine.

Semantic Engine Technology

Managing knowledge is one of the biggest businesses of our time. Millions are being made and lost on software programs designed to help businesses solve their data storage and retrieval conundrums. All web services need specialized search engines for retrieval of stored data. A system that makes this task easy for the machine is termed a "semantic web," which is basically an infrastructure for reasoning on the web.

The concept of the semantic web first came into being in 1998, courtesy of Berners-Lee, the man who invented the first web browser and web server. Since that time his vision has matured. It seems that semantic technology really is capable of solving many of today's business problems. Semantic engines are already used in a wide variety of applications and settings.

A Truly Worldwide Web

The past eight years of Internet development has been focused on creating some kind of collaborative network in which the computers of the world use compatible systems and languages so that information can be exchanged worldwide and across a whole range of different levels. Semantic engines, as part of a semantic web, have allowed businesses to communicate with their consumers, other businesses and their own employees with a speed and efficiency never seen before. It is humbling to realize that this technology is all still in its infancy. The possibilities are truly amazing.


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