The Semantic Web is something that has been talked about a lot, but I haven’t personally come across many applications of it. A new service called Orglex is the latest to claim the buzzword, helping you keep track of your industry through gather news, jobs, people, and blogs. Marshall Kirkpatrick has a good round up of the service on ReadWriteWeb.
The way that Orglex works is through “hubs.” Every industry, job category, organization, and person known to Orglex has one. You can think of it as a page from Wikipedia or Mahalo, except that the service is fully automated in gathering content for those hubs. A good example of the standard hub is the page on Amazon, which lists all the latest happenings associated with the company — namely news, jobs, and blog updates.
An interesting feature of Orglex is the Leaderboard section of the site, which lists the leading sources of any given hub. For example, here’s Amazons’, which shows sites like PaidContent, Seeking Alpha, Business Week, and Gigaom ranking among the top — clearly the most reliable “real-life” sources of the company too. In this respect, it does a good job of tracking and crediting, something I think sites like Wikipedia should do as well.
While the concept behind it — implementing the Semantic Web to gather information — seems new and general, what is surprising about Orglex is the market it aims to target is large but a niche — industry folks. Going back to its original idea, the service lets you keep in tap with your industry from a variety of sources, and it succeeds fairly well in doing so through this implementation.