We are on the cusp of an exciting new era with the Semantic Web. Just as we recall how the web popularized the internet, we are all just about to experience "the new web", one that recognizes the content within any given web page and how it is related to other information on the web. The Semantic Web promises to revolutionize the accessibility of information on the World Wide Web. But until the Semantic Web is a fully implemented and adopted by consumers like "Joe User", how can the benefits of the Semantic Web be applied to your organization today? Semantic wikis hold the answer!
Just as one might argue that Wikipedia is a microcosm of the web, a semantic wiki within your own organization is a microcosm of the worldwide semantic web. Semantic wikis add structure to the wiki enabling the traditional, unstructured content to be complimented with meaningful structure. Now Atlassian Confluence has become an intelligent semantic wiki thanks to an open source semantic web infrastructure called zCALM and a Confluence plug-in called Wikidsmart for Confluence, both from zAgile and free to download from www.zAgile.com. This means the promises of the semantic web can be immediately applied within your organization today, and with open standards and a flexible open source ecoystem.
At the Atlassian headquarters (375 Alabama St in SOMA, cross street 17th) in San Francisco on April 9, 6.30-8.30pm, zAgile will discuss tangible benefits of the Semantic Web and practical ways it can help you to become more efficient, automate processes, and empower your organization. As an example we will discuss and demonstrate zCALM, an open source semantic infrastructure. You will see how zCALM may be used to semantically enable your enterprise wiki (Atlassian Confluence), achieve "intelligent mash-ups" -- deep interoperability and exchange of context-sensitive information between applications (eg, Confluence, Jira, and Subversion - including WANdisco multi-site/cluster versions for Jira and WANdisco for Subversion, Perforce, IBM tools, HP tools, and Salesforce), and even act as a powerful search across your applications and tools.
So come by to learn how you can realize the promises of the semantic web internally in your own organization. If you cannot make it til later, afterwards, we will move over to a nearby bar called Circolo (500 Florida Street, between 18th St & Mariposa St), around 8.30pm to continue discussions.
We look forward to meeeting you! Please make sure to reserve your spot here. Many thanks to Jessie Curtner, Trisha Hong, and Todd Revolt at Atlassian and Marco Neumann from the New York City Semantic Web Meet-Up for enabling this!