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Radar Networks: Twine

22 October 2007 No Comment

Congratulations to Nova Spivack and the team over at Radar Networks who recently launched the beta of their knowledge management tool "Twine" [LINK].

Twine aims to be the first main-stream application built on the Semantic Web whereby data is not just indexed and cataloged but converted into machine-readable form. The result is a graph of data on which inferences can be made and relationships built. Ultimately the goal is to better understand the data and draw new conclusions from it that otherwise would go unnoticed. The whole surpasses the sum of the parts so to speak.

This sort of intersects with one of my other interests, namely the Identity Metasystem. I see a number of new uses for such semantics when applied to social networks. For example, Facebook is sitting on a huge graph of FOAF (friend of a friend) data and I will not be surprised if this is somehow leveraged in a Semantic Web manner sometime in the near future.  Claims based on vouching for one an other and human trust for example.

Through RDF, FOAF, etc a Semantic Agent could build a digital reputation of a principal. I wonder will we ever see INDIVIDUALS with digital reputation acting as Security Token Services, essentially vouching for others just as the mob does today?

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