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Richard MacManus

The ReadWriteWeb article Reuters Wants The World To Be Tagged said

As Richard MacManus recently predicted, in 2008 we’ll witness the rise of semantic web services. From the native support for Microformats in Firefox 3, to the New York Times’ utilization of rich headers metadata, to this week’s release of the Social Graph API by Google, semantics are starting to slip onto the web. The impact is being felt because large companies are really starting to focus on structured information.
In the same vein, last week Reuters — an international business and financial news giant — launched an API called Open Calais.
The API does a semantic markup on unstructured HTML documents — recognizing people, places, companies, and events. This technology is the next generation of the Clear Forest offering, which Reuters acquired last year. We have profiled Clear Forest on ReadWriteWeb and in this post we will look at what Reuters opened up and why.

Richard MacManus is one of the world’s most highly respected web technology and digital media analysts and strategists.
Richard’s ReadWriteWeb blog is one of the most widely read and influential web technology blogs on the web. In December 2007, ReadWriteWeb was ranked #15 in Technorati’s Top 20 blogs, and #5 on the Techmeme Leaderboard, putting it well above traditional news sources such as the BBC and the Wall Street Journal.
In June 2007, ReadWriteWeb was named as one of the “100 Blogs We Love” by PC World magazine, who hailed it as the “source for news on the latest Web 2.0 developments”.
Prior to founding ReadWriteWeb, Richard was a researcher, analyst and product developer for leading Silicon Valley and New Zealand companies. He founded the Web 2.0 Workgroup, and the Web 2.0 Explorer blog at ZDNet. Richard was cofounder and Executive Editor of Micro Media Corporation, a multi-channel leadership program in Web and Media 2.0 that operated under the brand name Transmission.
Richard authored The Evolution of Corporate Web Sites, Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005, PeopleAggregator and Open Social Network Systems, Engaged Markets workshop: small companies competing against bigcos, Microcontent Aggregators: 43Things, Microcontent Aggregators: Peoplefeeds, Microcontent Aggregators: Suprglu, Web 2.0 Definition and Tagging, Branding Microcontent, PR Wire Service to Journalists & Bloggers: We Don’t Need You, 10 Semantic Apps to Watch, Zoho Show 2.0 Unveiled – Compares Well to Powerpoint, One-Ups Google, and Gotuit Launches Broadband Video Portal, and coauthored Web 2.0 for Designers, Writing Semantic Markup, and 2008 Web Predictions.
Watch his interview at the Web 2.0 in Australia conference. Read Kiwi blogger logs on to make a living. Read his LinkedIn profile.