ClearForest Corp. has launched the beta release of Semantic Web Services-1, the first in a series of web services developed to deliver the value of the semantic web. Text is submitted to the web service where semantic analysis is applied to it, identifying all people, organizations, and geographies located within the text. The service returns the results as XML or as a formatted web page. The API is designed to enable website developers, software programmers, enterprise information managers, and others to identify concepts and relationships contained in text and the results can be incorporated directly in user applications or as a component of websites. The beta release of SWS-1 deploys a subset of ClearForest's natural language processing capabilities. The SWS-1 beta is available at no cost. Following the beta period, SWS-1 will be available as a no-cost service for non-commercial use and as a licensed per-transaction service for higher volume commercial uses.
In addition to launching the ClearForest SWS-1, ClearForest is announcing the first in a series of developer contests for the most creative use of the API. First place winner receives $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500. The contest challenges developers to create innovative applications that highlight semantic processing. Applications should combine the SWS-1 web service with other web services APIs to create the smartest and coolest mash-ups in the world. Final submissions for the contest are due by December 11 and winners to be announced by December 18. The beta release of the ClearForest SWS-1 is available immediately.