Semantic technology uses formal semantics to give meaning to the disparate and raw data that surrounds us. Combine that with linked data technology and it builds relationships between data in various formats and sources, from one string to another, helping build context and creating links out of these relationships – introducing the semantic web. Wiley Online Library brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Using Semantic Web technologies in the development of data warehouses: A systematic mapping.”

The exploration and use of semantic web technologies have attracted considerable attention from researchers especially those involved in data warehouse development. In computing, a data warehouse, also known as an enterprise data warehouse, is a system used for reporting and data analysis. Data warehouses are central repositories of integrated data from one or more sources. They store current and historical data in a single place that is used for creating analytical reports for workers regardless of where they are in the enterprise. Semantic web technology has been found to be very useful in this endeavor.

Melody K. Smith

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