What are Semantic Applications?


Semantic-aware applications infer the meaning, or semantics, of information on the Internet to make connections and provide answers that would otherwise be elusive or altogether invisible. New applications use the context of information as well as the content to make determinations about relationships between bits of data; examples such as TripIt, SemaPlorer, and Xobni organize information about travel plans, places, or email contacts and display it in convenient formats based on semantic connections. Semantic searching is being applied to scientific inquiries, allowing researchers to find relevant information without having to deal with apparently similar, but irrelevant, information. Semantic applications have the potential to be immensely powerful educational resources that enable students to more effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information. Semantic applications also have applications in the fields of data mining and learning analytics.

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