Monday, June 15, 2009

Announcing TopBraid Composer Free Edition

I am thrilled to announce that TopQuadrant has just released a completely free version of its Semantic Web development tool TopBraid Composer! See the press release here. In a nutshell, the Free Edition provides the basic editing capabilities of the Standard Edition, i.e. you can use it to load, edit and save RDF/OWL files using TopBraid's editing forms. Furthermore, the Free Edition has excellent SPARQL support, including full support for the SPARQL Inferencing Notation (SPIN). Like all editions of TopBraid Composer, the Free Edition is based on Eclipse and provides a stable and well-documented environment for newcomers to Semantic Web technology.

Friday, June 12, 2009

SemTech pre-announcements

I am looking forward to the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, which starts on Monday. My employer TopQuadrant will be presenting a lot of new technology there and we will be making a couple of hopefully very interesting announcements. If you are in the area, please join us for the second TopBraid Users Group Meeting on Thursday morning, or visit our company booth in the exhibition hall during the show. We'll be giving demos of new capabilities throughout those events, and you can stop by to meet the team and ask questions. We would also like to talk to you if you are looking for a job.

Additionally, my colleague Robert Coyne will be co-presenting a talk on rich information space browsing. Dean Allemang will be leading a hands-on session on deploying solutions with TopBraid Suite on Thursday afternoon. Finally, I'll have the opportunity to talk about our object-oriented semantic web rule language SPIN on Wednesday afternoon. One interesting aspect of this talk is that it is entirely based on free software, but that's all I am allowed to say for now :)