Poderopedia is a project that aims to promote greater transparency in Chile by mapping and visualizing the relationships among the country’s elite. To achieve this, semantic technologies are being utilized to store and query data. These technologies represent a diverse set of relations among entities (people, companies, organizations) in a flexible way. By identifying the power and influence of people, key Chilean political, civic, and business leaders can be identified. OWL (Web Ontology Language) is being used to define the vocabulary because it provides the semantic richness needed.

PBS’s Idea Lab brought this topic to our attention in their article, “For Poderopedia, It’s All About Semantics.” Learn more about Poderopedia here.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.