Content-focused websites are those which regularly generate topical content, such as on-line newspapers, blogs, membership society sites or public information portals. In these scenarios the most recent content will of course dominate the front page, but providing intelligent access to the potentially vast archive of past, but potentially extremely valuable, articles is a challenge.
Smartlogic have developed the Semaphore Business Information Portal application for Investment Banks to help them improve access to vital research, while controlling the costs of providing these valuable and potentially expensive insights.
This application demonstrates our knowledge of search and meta data working together as a basis for any portal or mashup application.
Getting taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies off the shelf and in use to add semantic capabilities to any application is a goal of the Semaphore design. However, the value of the underlying model should not be understated. With the flexibility of the Ontology Manager tool more than just term names can be captured: a Semaphore model can truly model and encapsulate explicit knowledge in a domain.
In an environment of complex business and especially regulatory requirements, the supporting technology systems must be able to accurately identify business entities throughout their systems and to match those to other internal or external business systems. Semaphore open semantic platform delivers this capability from a central, easy to administer service.
The Semantic Web was defined as a conceptual idea of adding context and meaning to the World Wide Web to make it easier for a human to interact with and possible for a computer to interpret. It has no exact definition and is being driven by a number of steering groups and consortia. Terms like ’semantics’, ’metadata’, ’ontologies’ are applied liberally by researchers and practitioners, so a quick reference to the Smartlogic website will tell you there must be some cross-over.
This section describes how Semaphore relates to initiatives like Linked Data, Semantic Web and standards like SKOS and OWL.