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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1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • the use of semantic technologies should be taught in schools from a very early age, in particular to learn how to exploit large sets of data. This should be part of the education to complexity. Pupils should contribute to the creation of data sets and be encouraged to exploit large data sets to write essays and reports.- Serge Serge Oct 30, 2013 Agree. - jimdevine jimdevine Nov 2, 2013
  • Shaping questions and finding problems is a key skill to be developed in students, as an outlet for sustained curiosity. Finding answers is the easy part. Shaping questions in a more complex information environment is challenging and should be included in curricula. - jimdevine jimdevine Nov 2, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • pupils should not just "effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information" but also generate semantically rich information.- Serge Serge Oct 30, 2013
  • in addition to text editors, pupils should be able to use semantic annotation tools, so, instead of putting a piece of text in bold, they could state "this is an example", "this is a counter-example", etc. Semantic annotation would be extremely useful to keep a reflective journal (and a portfolio). - Serge Serge Oct 30, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on European schools education?

  • contribute to educating reflective learners able to deal with complexity - Serge Serge Oct 30, 2013
  • The Semantic Web technologies have tremendous impact on education as knowledge is interfaced and retrieved easily by anyone interested. These technologies are important because they increase exploratory learning which becomes more efficient. When the students participate in the comments and the uploading of the metadata of a source of information material, then the students understand the relationships of concepts, helping them in this way to classify them successfully. - ikomninou ikomninou Nov 2, 2013
  • In the medium term, this (when combined with big data and teacher input) has the potential to generate personalised learning environments for students that could be truly revolutionary.

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • the PoWiki project (http://powiki.univie.ac.at, sourceSEMANTIC WIKIS: CONCLUSIONS FROM REAL-WORLD PROJECTS WITH YLVI
  • An important project that uses the Semantic Web technologies in Greece , is the fotodentro . In this project I participate too. The Fotodentro is the National Digital Repository of Learning Objects for primary and secondary education and its operation is based on Semantic Web technologies . It is designed and developed by CTI - DIOFANTOS under the " Digital School " in order to be the central point of access to digital educational content and it is open to everyone, students , teachers, parents and anyone intrested.
    The Fotodentro is more than a repository : it is the National Accumulator Learning Content (National Aggregator), gathering metadata from collections of digital resources found in digital libraries and repositories of other entities ( museums, libraries , audiovisual archives , Europeana etc. ) which could be used in the learning process . It aims to provide the infrastructure on which various types of services (such as thematic or geographic portals) can develop in an easy and fast way.- ikomninou ikomninou Nov 2, 2013