Article about this course is dated, but worth a look as to the direction of this work. I had always seen this as the most immediately useful aspect of the semantic web:
" ... Linked Data describes a method of publishing structured data, so that it can be interlinked and become more useful. It builds upon standard Web technologies, such as HTTP and URIs - but rather than using them to serve web pages for human readers, it extends them to share information in a way that can be read automatically by computers. This enables data from different sources to be connected and queried.... "
See also some links in the comments to the course article, which provide more background information and information about the course. I am sure there was followup, if you have any information about that, pass it along.