Semantics is the study of meaning in communication, including the meaning
(or an interpretation of the meaning) of a word, sign, or sentence. How many
times in the middle of an argument have you heard the phrase, “Let’s not
argue about semantics”? Linguists and semanticists have been dealing with
semantics for a long time. However, in the world of computer science, semantics
are relatively new.
In May 2001, Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler, and Ora Lassila authored an
article in the magazine Scientific American titled “The Semantic Web.” You
can find the article here:
In the final line of this article, the authors state that the Semantic Web will
open up the knowledge and workings of mankind to software agents —
productivity applications that will perform analysis on our behalf.
With this article, The Semantic Web era began. The Semantic Web is about
two specific technical standards:
✓ Common integration formats: The Semantic Web uses common formats
to integrate and combine data drawn from diverse sources. The original
Web mainly concentrated on the interchange of documents.
✓ Language for relationship mapping: The Semantic Web uses language
to record how the data relates to real-world objects. These records
allow a person, or a machine, to start off in one database, and then move
through an unending set of databases connected by a common subject.
These two concepts can be applied to data warehousing and business intelligence
I think there is new big opportunity for businesses; we can use real time data warehousing and analyzing real time data, transferring to information and make information in action (knowledge).