The Watson plugin for the Neon toolkit

author: Mathieu d’Aquin, Open University (OU)
published: June 27, 2008,   recorded: November 2007,   views: 5241

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Watson is a Semantic Web gateway. In a way similar to seacrh engines on the Web, Watson collects, analyses and indexes semantic documents (in RDF, OWL, DAML+OIL) in order to provide a variety of access mechanisms to this semantic data for intelligent applications. The idea is to support applications that requires to dynamically find, select and exploit the increasing amount of knowledge available online (that we call next generation semantic web applications). A more complete description of Watson is available on its website, and the latest development and news concerning Watson are generally announced on the Watson Blog. A number of applications have already been developed that dynamically exploit online knowledge thanks to Watson. In particular, I am (with the help of Fouad Zablith) in charge of the development of plugins for ontology editors that allow for a large scale reuse of existing knowledge on the Web. I also (quickly) developed an application called gowgle that suggests additional keywords to a query addressed to Google using the semantic relations linking these terms in online ontologies. I also contributed to the development of Scarlet, a relation discovery engine used in particular in ontology matching, and of PowerMagpie a Semantic browser based on Watson.

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