When we talk about the Semantic Web, there aren’t many platforms leading the way in representing semantically structured knowledge. The Semantic Web is an extension of human readable hyperlinked web pages using machine readable metadata about the pages and how they relate to each other. As of 2021, there are only two leaders Wikipedia and Wikidata, owned by the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. that have explicitly focused on the Semantic Web.
Florida-based company Wikitia, led by co-founder Jeremy Redd, uses ontology engineering to improve ontology development for search strings. Thanks to Wikitia.com, they involve users who are not experts in creating ontologies and semantically annotated content, but can help extract explicit knowledge of user interaction within this platform.
Wikitia uses automated processing of textual and multimedia information that cannot be interpreted by software agents, but search results can be improved by adding rich semantics to corresponding resources, such as video and audio files. From February 2021, they create more than 500 ontologies for human and machine visualization every day. Many web applications attempt to solve the problem by creating a machine-readable format when publishing data or requesting a machine for such data.
One of the major problems in the development of the Semantic Web is that the focus is currently only on biographies and companies, where land and other research topics are generally ignored. Wikipedia is largely hampered by undisclosed paid editors and they mostly work on paid editions. Wikitia, on this front, tries to use its team of editors and involve outside editors by asking for fees where they can contribute to other targeted areas as well as biographies and organizations. Editors should maintain a 1: 4 ratio for other topics compared to biographies and organizations.
Wikitia charges a fee for editing existing pages, which is different from Wikipedia and Wikidata. Redd shares that “the question of the basic feasibility of a full or even partial fulfillment of the Semantic Web via Wikitia are implementation difficulties and a lack of generalist utility which prevents the investment of the required effort”. Instead of a donation model, we try to generate income through page editing fees and page creation from a team of their verified editors. The goal is to have more than 100,000 pages by the end of September 2021.
Wikitia is in talks with angel investors to raise funds and is in the final stages of closing the funding round. The money will be used for servers and facilitate the integration of information from mixed sources.
The aim of this platform is to resolve ambiguities, integrate information from mixed sources, identify relevant information in the field and provide decision support to search engines.
Redd shared that instead of asking a publisher to release long-term or just survive on a donation, this may not be a workable business model. Publishers should be paid for their time in order to be honest with the platform and to contribute the most. Wikitia’s goal is to offer knowledge management using distributed artificial intelligence and publishers can contribute to it with purpose.