Semantic Media - Smart Media for the Semantic Web

The purpose of this site is to provide resources and information relating to Semantic Media, or "Smart Media", which we feel is a friendlier term.

Semantic Media is rich media content that is produced for use across the semantic web - particularly unstructured rich content such as articles, books, video and audio.

This site is intended as a starting point. We hope to add more resources over time, but its mission from the start is very simple - to provide a hub for resources and information.

The project is being sponsored and supported by itechne as part of its R&D efforts.

Getting Started with The Semantic Web

A pre-requisite to understanding Semantic or Smart Media is an understanding of the Semantic Web.

When people discuss the semantic web, there are really two things they mean:

1) The official Semantic Web - aimed at making the web more queryable.

2) The unofficial, lower-case semantic web - with tagging, microformats and various baby steps.

The Official (Scary) Semantic Web - Key resources

A Semantic Web Primer, 2nd edition  Grigoris Antoniou and Frank van Harmelen

Although it is a fairly dry read and intended as a text book, this is a seminal work and the introductory sections provide a great overview.

It is available for pre-order in its 2nd edition from amazon.com here.


Wikipedia - The Semantic Web

Provides a good overview at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web


W3C - The Semantic Web

Contains a lot of hard-core technical information, but also offers some of the key original concepts on which the area is based.

http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

The unofficial (lowercase) semantic web - Key resources

Microformats.org

Outlines a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.

http://microformats.org/


POSH - Plain Old Semantic HTML

Microformats are a subset of POSH - which provides a simple but powerful framework for semantic purposes right now.

http://microformats.org/wiki/posh

O'Reilly Tools of Change in Publishing Conference

Smart Media Presentation

The presentation given by Jeremy White at the TOC Conference in New York Feb 11-13 2008.

http://semanticmedia.org/files/TOC-SmartMedia-lowres-2008-02.pdf

For more information please contact jed@itechne.com or visit http://www.itechne.com.

PubCamp - The Web 2.0 Media Day

A Conference and Unconference

Come along to "PubCamp - The Web 2.0 Media Day - A Conference and Unconference". It's a free event about the future of media and the Web covering Web 2.0, social and citizen media, the semantic web, mobile, widgets, online advertising and revenue models, copyright, cross-media and more.

You might have heard of BarCamp. Interested in where media is heading? Then PubCamp is for you!.

Find out more about PubCamp