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The Semantic Web is gaining momentum. Driven by over 10 years of focused project funding in the US and the EU, Semantic Web Technologies are now entering application areas in industry, academia, government, and the open Web.

The Semantic Web is based on the idea of describing the meaning - or semantics - of data on the Web using metadata - data that describes other data - in the form of ontologies, which are represented using logic-based knowledge representation languages. Central to the transfer of Semantic Web into practice is the Linked Open Data effort, which has already resulted in the publication, on the Web, of billions of pieces of information using ontology languages. This provides the basic data needed for establishing intelligent system applications on the Web in the tradition of Semantic Web Technologies.


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Presented at the 9th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis (ICFCA), Nicosia, Cyprus, May 2-6, 2011.