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Semantic Web - 2008?

Published: 12/5/2007 12:01:07 PM

There has been an increasing amount of chatter about the rise of "Semantic Web" and the differing concepts about how to make the Web a smarter and more convenient place for users to get what they want.

Semantics is about describing what's in the documents on the web so that computers can do more of the simple actions to make our experiences richer. There are generally two camps:

1.  Tim Berners-Lee - who created the Web - thinks that a standards-based set of conventions should be adopted by all websites.  This would create a common language for computers to understand what's inside documents.

2.  The "natural" tagging community who believes that you can't "legislate" a meaningful system from above, that documents need to be annotated or tagged by each owner, which is a far better way to determine meaning and content.

I believe that what will happen is a combination of the two systems.  Those websites with more means will sign on the standards-based concept and the remaining sites will do a more ad-hoc way of describing their content.

What do you think?  Which approach would you like for your site?

Don Jones

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