January 3, 2011 – An international group of scientists is aiming to create a simulator that can replicate everything happening on Earth – from global weather patterns and the spread of diseases to international financial transactions. The Living Earth Simulator (LES) aims to advance the scientific understanding of what is taking place on the planet, encapsulating the human actions that shape societies and the environmental forces that define the physical world.

We found this interesting information in the Sunday Observer, an English language newspaper in Sri Lanka, in their article, “Earth project aims to ‘simulate everything’.” To achieve this huge undertaking, semantic technology has to be involved and it would have to be populated with lots and lots of data. It would be powered by an agglomeration of yet-to-be-built supercomputers capable of carrying out the massive number-crunching.

This is a huge and exciting project for semantic technology. When you read what they hope to accomplish, it kind of makes you proud to be involved with the power of semantic technology and making information findable.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.