A new Semantic Web interface, mSpace, was launched in February. The interface improves access to information and presents search results in a categorized view in one window. The mSpace tool, developed by Southampton University's School of Electronics and Computer Science, offers powerful tools for organizing an information space to suit a person's interests, and enables the user to manipulate the presented categories.

A similar project, Esperonto, has been developing a toolkit to allow anyone to upgrade normal Web content into semantic content by making data machine-readable. The EC Information Society Technologies project finished at the end of February. Richard Benjamins, the director of R&D at Intelligent Software Components in Spain and co-ordinator of Esperonto, notes that the Semantic Web "will reduce information overload and make information more easily accessible to more people at lower cost".

Esperonto has gone further than just creating semantic content, and has provided tools to use the data effectively. The Semantic Web portal produces interlinked Web pages and a structured collection of data that users can navigate semantically, which is particularly useful in the case of large portals and databases with vast amounts of information.

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Compiled by Hannelore Hämmerle and Nicole Crémel