semantic technolgies for non-SQL-writers
Andreas Blumauer (Semantic Web Company) talked with Brian Donnelly about a new system on the market called “Semantic Discovery System” (SDS), which helps to do sophisticated queries across existing datasets. Also talking why complex scripts or triple stores should not be exposed to the end-users anymore.
SDS is doing, what semantic web enterprises promised for years: An application that allows users to formulate sophisticated questions on their datasets and getting back data without writing SQL statements or going down to OWL concepts.
SDS leave the data in its orignal format and doing no transformation into triple stores. And then give the user through a graphical desktop software – with the use of OWL and SPARQL – the possibility to formulate questions on this datasets. So this is a software engine that focuses “at business people with a tool as easy to use as Excel or Mind Manager – with zero need to know or care about OWL, SPARQL” as Donnelly explains.
The next times will show if Donnelly’s “Semantic Discovery System” may be a semantic web killer application. In any case it seems to be a good step in bringing semantic technologies out of the teccie’s corner onto the desktops of business users.
Read the full interview at www.semantic-web.at