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?

  • In addition to the above mentioned it is also possible for Semantic Technologies to be applied in the assessment process. Feedback to learners and support during learning assessments is an area that has been studied. Semantic technologies can be applied to address automated feedback for open question type assessments. The feedback may be generated through semantic determination of similarities between the questions and the answers supplied by the students.The semantic algorithms may drill down into the student answer to extract the knowledge from answer and indicate a level of learning within the process. Recent developments have resulted in similar processes being applied within the field of mathematics - ken.brown ken.brown Feb 16, 2015
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Assessment and Learning - ken.brown ken.brown Feb 16, 2015
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on third-level education in Ireland?

  • Greater level of automation for support of educators involved with MOOCs and standard courses - ken.brown ken.brown Feb 16, 2015
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • I am not aware of any specific projects in Ireland engaging in this area. I personally am examining the application of semantic and similar technologies within the area of mathematics for engineering - ken.brown ken.brown Feb 16, 2015

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