The Web Intelligence Consortium

A group of researchers has launched a new consortium focused on artificial intelligence and advanced information technology on the next generation of Web-empowered products, systems, services, and activities.

I'm always on the lookout for activities and trends that are likely to have an impact on the future of search. The newly organized Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) looks like a serious contender in this realm.

WIC is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of world-wide scientific research and industrial development in the era of Web and agent intelligence. In addition to sponsoring research, the consortium plans to disseminate its work through a newsletter, annual journal and conferences.

The goal of the organization is to not only develop new technologies, but unify existing web-based technologies in new ways that help us work smarter, with the assistance of some serious power tools. In many ways, web intelligence is a complement to the work being done to develop the semantic web -- the next generation "smart" web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee.

Since the group is relatively new, there's not a lot of information available on the site yet. But given the ambitious nature of WIC's plans, and the high caliber people working on the project, it's definitely something to keep your eye on if you're interested in the future of search.

The Web Intelligence Consortium
http://wi-consortium.org/
The Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of world-wide scientific research and industrial development in the era of Web and agent intelligence.

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