TechCast #51 – Brian Sletten on the Semantic Web and what it means for developers

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On this techcast, Brian Sletten describes how the Semantic Web helps to define relationships between interconnected data, discusses the various tools and APIs, and how it is already being used, even without our knowledge.

Services like Friend of a Friend (FoaF), tools like RDFa, query tools like SPARQL, are discussed. If you don’t know what the Semantic Web is or why it exists, Brian gives us a good overview and it’s worth time listening to. Today, the US Government, wikipedia, and other systems are making data available via these mechanisms, as well as online retailers like Best Buy and Tesco.

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Brian Sletten’s articles on Semantic Web, REST, and more:
Linked data project:
Best Buy – blog about using RDFa:
Some open source tools:
SPARQL tutorial:
A couple of good SemWeb Twitter lists:

Brian Sletten twitters as @bsletten, and works for Riot Games, and is part of the League of Legends team.