By Richard MacManus
/ December 29, 2010 3:17 PM
- In July Google acquired one of the leading Semantic Web companies, Metaweb. Metaweb runs Freebase, an open, semantically marked up database of information.
- This year was a turning point for GetGlue, the service where users "check in" to watching TV shows, reading books, listening to music and more.
- In July, Flipboard acquired semantic technology startup Ellerdale, whose intelligent data-parsing algorithms had previously been used to create a real-time search engine and trends tracker. Ellerdale's technology was used by Flipboard to design a more personalized real-time experience - determining what social updates are important to you and presenting them in its now familiar magazine-like format.
- Hunch started out as a Q&A service, but in August it re-positioned as a personalization service. It's a recommendation engine that shows you movies you want to see, books you want to read, vacation destinations you want to go to, and much more.
- Apture is a semantic contextual search service which continues to iterate strongly (it made our top 10 list last year, too). In August, Apture launched Apture Highlights, a plug-in that allows you to dive deep into any topic you discover on almost any page around the web.
- Arguably the biggest Semantic Web news of the year came in April, when Facebook announced a large-scale new platform called the Open Graph. The stated goal of the Open Graph protocol was to enable publishers to "integrate [their] Web pages into the social graph."
- The holy grail in web search technology is to be able to ask a simple question, in natural language, and get a simple answer. In May, Google announced that Google Squared was coming to its search results.
- One of the themes of 2010 was the increasing usage of Semantic Web technologies by large commercial companies like Facebook and Google. Leading U.S. retailer, Best Buy, was another large company to impress in 2010 with its adoption of semantic technologies. Specifically, Best Buy used a Semantic Web markup language called RDFa to add semantics to its webpages.
- In January, Data.gov.uk launched to make non-personal data held by the U.K. government available for software developers. It arrived six months after the U.S. government launched its Data.gov site, but from the start the U.K. site had more than three times as much data.
- The BBC World Cup 2010 website used "dynamic semantic publishing" technology to enhance its daily World Cup reporting.