In researching an blog post regarding folksonomies vs taxonomies I started doing some research on the semantic web and players that are currently in that space right now. I came across OpenCalais and their tagaroo plug in for WordPress. In a nutshell, the plugin conects to the OpenCalais service in near real time and returns suggestions for relevant meta-data tags as well as providing the ability to search Flickr, based on those tags and insert them into your post.
See the screen capture below to see what suggestions were offered as a result of the content of the first paragraph.
Watch what is returned when I type the following: Jason MacKenzie was promoted to President of the United States:
OpenCalais not only recognized the tags for President, United States etc. but also recognized this is likely related to an employment change.
Simple to install and simple to use. The only caveat is that you need to get an API key which you then add to the configuration screen for the plugin. This process takes no more than a few minutes.
The corporate implications for this are staggering and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this develops.