, The First Wiki-Based Guide To Commercial, Open Source And Hosted Software, the first Wiki-based directory of Open Source, commercial and hosted software, announced today its worldwide availability at The site is the ultimate reference guide for the IT industry and includes reviews, ratings, articles, and detailed product feature comparisons. uses Semantic Web tools (including RDF) to combine user edits with Web service feeds from other sites.

“The software industry is broad, diverse, and constantly changing,” said Nicolas Vandenberghe, Founder and CEO, “To offer comprehensive, relevant and up-to-date information, a Wiki-based model is the only choice.”

Designed for use by developers and industry consultants alike, allows users to easily contribute to popular categories such as Software Engineering Tools; Web Site Design & Tools; Web Site Software Tools; Web Site & Communication Applications & Social Networking; or to create their own category if does not exist yet. encourages contributors to be bold, by editing existing products if it’s apparent that there isn’t enough information in a particular “data sheet.” Nothing can be ‘broken’ because it can be improved or fixed at any time. If a favorite product is not listed, contributors can add by clicking the [Add product] link on the homepage. Contributors can invite other users to rate entries, giving them a chance to be included in the ‘Top Rated Products’ section.

Larry Augustin, founder of VA Software, parent company of Open Source repository site, and Brian Roberts, former Corporate Vice President of Corporate Development at Microsoft, have joined to support as advisory board members and investors. Coming from opposite sides, these industry leaders recognize that the technology community needs a single repository for commercial, Open Source and hosted software.

“Nothing like exists on the Web today,” said Larry Augustin, venture investor and Open Source evangelist. “It’s one of these ideas that seems so obvious once you see it — an obvious need in the industry.”

“In response to its customers, even Microsoft today has to address the issue of Open Source, best demonstrated by its investment to increase interopererability between Linux and Windows,” added Brian Roberts, Senior Managing Director of Evercore Partners. “ supports healthy competition among different companies and solutions by making things more transparent. Ultimately, everyone benefits.”

[tags]ITerating, software comparison, RDF, semantic Web tool[/tags]