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 here.

Wikipedia - The Semantic Web

Provides a good overview at:

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.

The unofficial (lowercase) semantic web - Key resources

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

POSH - Plain Old Semantic HTML

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

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.

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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!.

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