Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Semantic web and Search

The semantic web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so that they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, sharing and combining information on the web, closer to how a user would look for information.

Achieving this would indeed awesome. Imagine the power on our searches. With all our websites having so much of information how the user could benefit from Semantic search. Dries article and what the SearchMonkey video demonstrates sums it all up! The trend in Searches today, read on ...

Here is what Dries Buytaert says about Drupal, the semantic web and search
What if instead of having a custom indexer designed just for Pivots we had a rich indexer with lots of meta information and semantic tagging.

Here is another example. Imagine a standard Drupal node-type called 'job'. The fields in the job node-type would have RDF properties associated with them mapping to salary, duration, industry, location, and so on. Creating a new job posting on a Drupal site would generate RDFa that semantic search engines like Yahoo!'s SearchMonkey would pick up and the job would be included in their world-wide job database. Read more...

SearchMonkey is Yahoo! Search's new open platform.

Using SearchMonkey, developers and site owners can use structured data to make Yahoo! Search results more useful and visually appealing, and drive more relevant traffic to their sites. Read more...

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