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  Semantic Web roadmap
This document is a plan for achieving a set of connected applications for data on the Web in such a way as to form a consistent logical web of data (semantic web).
The Web was designed as an information space, with the goal that it should be useful not only for human-human communication, but also that machines would be able to participate and help.
When looking at a possible formulation of a universal Web of semantic assertions, the principle of minimalist design requires that it be based on a common model of great generality.
www.w3.org /DesignIssues/Semantic.html   (3405 words)

 Shirky: The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview
The W3C's Semantic Web project has been described in many ways over the last few years: an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, a place where machines can analyze all the data on the Web, even a Web in which machine reasoning will be ubiquitous and devastatingly powerful.
The Semantic Web was one of the earliest efforts to rely on the idea of XML as a common interchange format for data.
Worse is Better argumment, the Semantic Web imagines that completeness and correctness of data exposed on the web are the cardinal virtues, and that any amount of implementation complexity is acceptable in pursuit of those virtues.
www.shirky.com /writings/semantic_syllogism.html   (3139 words)

 Scientific American: The Semantic Web
The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.
Semantic Web researchers, in contrast, accept that paradoxes and unanswerable questions are a price that must be paid to achieve versatility.
Artificial-intelligence and Web researchers have co-opted the term for their own jargon, and for them an ontology is a document or file that formally defines the relations among terms.
www.sciam.com /print_version.cfm?articleID=00048144-10D2-1C70-84A9809EC588EF21   (4171 words)

 What is the Semantic Web?
The Semantic Web, on the other hand, is about having data as well as documents on the Web so that machines can process, transform, assemble, and even act on the data in useful ways.
Because of the different semantic associations of the word “soap,” the results you receive are varied in relevance, and you still have to do a lot of work to find the information you’re looking for.
The vision of the Semantic Web is a “web of data” that not only harnesses the seemingly endless amount of data on the World Wide Web, but also connects that information with data in relational databases and other non-interoperable information repositories, for example, EDI systems.
www.altova.com /semantic_web.html   (3024 words)

 W3C Semantic Web Activity
The Semantic Web Coordination Group is tasked to provide a forum for managing the interrelationships and interdependencies among groups focusing on standards and technologies that relate to this goals of the Semantic Web Activity.
The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group is designed to improve collaboration, research and development, and innovation adoption in the health care and life science industries.
The Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group (SWEO) is chartered to collect proof-of-concept business cases, demonstration prototypes, etc, based on successful implementations of Semantic Web technologies, collect user experiences, develop and facilitate community outreach strategies, training and educational resources.
www.w3.org /2001/sw   (1476 words)

 Semantic Web Activity Statement
The goal of the Semantic Web initiative is as broad as that of the Web: to create a universal medium for the exchange of data.
The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG) finished a major publication on its work and vision that will be published by an important journal of that community (BMC Bioinformatics).
Finally, the Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group plans to publish a series of Semantic Web Use Cases and Case Studies; it also plans to produce outreach material, leaflets, etc, that can be used to help outreach in the community at large.
www.w3.org /2001/sw/Activity   (1190 words)

 Consortiuminfo.org Consortium Standards Bulletin- June 2005
A semantic tree just doesn't scale, because each person would have their own view of where the root would have to be, and which way the sap should flow in each branch.
With the standardization and deployment of Semantic Web standards in various commercial products and services, a shift occurred from the perspective of many that this work was research to a recognition that this is a practical technology deployed in mass-market tools that enables more flexible access to structured data on the Web.
Search techniques for the Semantic Web are going to be very different: it may be that the value add will be made in different ways by systems roaming around and looking for patterns, or by performing some specific types of inference, or by indexing Semantic Web data in new interesting ways.
www.consortiuminfo.org /bulletins/semanticweb.php   (5389 words)

 XML.com: The Semantic Web: A Primer
Semantic Web Roadmap text which give details about the direction he wants to go.
Given that goal, it's unsurprising that the scope of the Semantic Web vision is somewhat broad and ill-defined.
As web application providers consider adding SOAP and similar interfaces to their systems to allow remote-application access, they could actually be saved the effort of maintaining twin APIs (browser and SOAP) by embedding machine-readable information in the HTML itself.
www.xml.com /pub/a/2000/11/01/semanticweb   (1124 words)

 The Road to the Semantic Web
Semantic Web will obviously make it harder and more expensive to develop new web applications; the development times will get longer and longer unless someone comes up with good ideas to solve these time-loss and inefficiency problems.
Web 3.0 will not catch on as quickly as web 2.0 even if it meets these lofty ambitions because it's too difficult to build and requires too much data.
In reality, the Semantic Web is a set of standards (RDF, RDF-S, OWL, SPARQL, and a few others) that are based around the idea that data should be modeled in a graph structure in which entities and relationships are labeled with unique, resolvable identifiers.
www.readwriteweb.com /archives/semantic_web_road.php   (3024 words)

 The Semantic Web (for Web Developers)
The Semantic Web is an extension of the current Web, in which we add support for databases in machine-readable form.
Semantic Web Services, while requiring some more work at the outset, make it more likely that your program will last a while and play well with others.
Semantic Web Services are far from the end of the Semantic Web vision.
logicerror.com /semanticWeb-webdev   (2963 words)

 SemanticWeb - ESW Wiki
The Semantic Web is a use of the WWW for a web of data.
On this wiki, we mostly talk about what is called "Big-S Semantic Web"- data formats such as RDF and OWL that are being defined by the W3C.
The Semantic Web is characterized by the use of Graphs and NetworkedData.
esw.w3.org /topic/SemanticWeb   (147 words)

 Semantic Web Vision
Semantic web technologies could be used in many ways to transform the functionality of the web:
The aim is for the development of the Semantic Web to follow a similar path to that of the World Wide Web itself.
As more and more of the content of the Word Wide Web is generated with machine understanding in mind, we will find that the tools we use to peruse its contents seem to allow increasingly intelligent gathering and filtering of the knowledge contained therein.
www.hpl.hp.com /semweb/sw-vision.htm   (461 words)

 The Semantic Web: 1-2-3
Semantic Web Points - The Semantic Web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.
Semantic Web and RDF Hints and Tips - It is important that on the Semantic Web, people produce data that is clean and interoperable.
Semantic Web Road Map - A historical document from 1998, this is Tim Berners-Lee's road map for the future, an architectural plan untested by anything except thought experiments.
www.disobey.com /detergent/2002/sw123   (3042 words)

 August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web (Ftrain.com)
At the same time, the concept of the “Semantic Web,” which had been around since 1998 or so, was gaining a little traction, and the attention of an increasing circle of people.
All they saw was the web - the same web that had lined a few pockets and emptied a few million - with the word “semantic” in front of it.
It is part of The Semantic Web, which is part of Webs, Semantic and Otherwise, which is part of Life With Machines, which is part of Theory, which is part of Ftrain.com.
www.ftrain.com /google_takes_all.html   (3742 words)

 Making a Semantic Web
The reason that the web became ubiquitous is because it allowed anyone to link to any other document and allow everyone to see their page, so long as they had a simple Internet connection and a place to put a web page.
Second, buying enough permanent storage to cache the entire web is the sort of expense that would guarantee that only a few centralized players would be in the market, and this overcentralization would tend to defeat the idea of "the semantic web".
Yes, the semantic web needs to be inclusive, but just because anyone can post their opinion, that doesn't mean you have to trust it or even read it.
www.netcrucible.com /semantic.html   (8298 words)

 A Response to Clay Shirky's “The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview” (Ftrain.com)
The Semantic Web is a framework that rigidly defines a means for creating statements of the form “Subject, Predicate, Object” or “triples,” in a machine-readable format, where each of Subject, Predicate, Object is a URI.
What the Semantic Web framework does is admit that it is really hard to unify databases, and gives you a language for unifying them that doesn't require you to muck around too much in the details.
If you search Citeseer for papers on RDF, the Semantic Web, and related technologies, you'll find a wide variety of prior art that addresses many of the issues he discusses, and you'll also find that the Semantic Web community is nowhere near as ignorant of the problems he describes as he suggests.
www.ftrain.com /ContraShirky.html   (4675 words)

 Semantic Web - draft 0.28   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Web should be aware of the content and purpose of its documents and links, and interests of its users, and make the best use of all encoded knowledge.
Ideally, there should be a way to use semantic tags to annotate the structure of the document and disambiguate its language for machine processing, intelligent communication with the user, or any other conceivable purpose.
Web pages may be waiting for changes in their links, so they could update them in real time.
www.lucifer.com /~sasha/articles/SemanticWeb.html   (2111 words)

 The Semantic Web: An Introduction
Now, to a German Semantic Web processor, the term ":macht" may well be built into it, and although an English processor may have an equivalent term built into it somewhere, it will not understand the code with the term in it that it doesn't understand.
If one group is developing a Semantic Web depiction service, cataloguing who people are, what their names are, and where pictures of those people are, then my trust of that group is dependant upon how much I trust the people running it not to make spurious claims.
The concept of a SEmantic Memory was first proposed by Seth Russell, who suggested that personal database dumps of RDF that one has collected from the "rest" of the Semantic Web (a kind of Semantic Cloud) would be imperative for maintaining a coherant view of data.
www.infomesh.net /2001/swintro   (6618 words)

 2nd International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2003)
ISWC is a major international forum at which research on all aspects of the Semantic Web is presented.
ISWC2003 follows the 1st International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2002) which was held in Sardinia, Italy, 9-12 June 2002.
The winning applications of the Semantic Web Challenge 2003 will be announced and demonstrated at ISWC2003.
iswc2003.semanticweb.org   (457 words)

 The Semantic Web: An Introduction
However, Semantic Web technologies are still very much in their infancies, and although the future of the project in general appears to be bright, there seems to be little consensus about the likely direction and characteristics of the early Semantic Web.
The move away from the "Pedantic Web", to some extent, is all part of a movement to bring the power of the Semantic Web to the people.
Thankfully, many Semantic Web applications will be lower end appliactions, so you'll no more need to have a knowledge of RDF than Amaya requires one to have a knowledge of (X)HTML.
infomesh.net /2001/swintro   (6618 words)

 Semantic Technology Conference - Everything about the Semantic Web
Semantics is a hot industry sector – a $2 billion per year market and projected to grow to over $50 billion by the year 2010.
The SemTech Conference is where Semantic Technologies and Web 3.0 (the Semantic Web) come to life - in products, in working applications, in case studies, and in conversations with hundreds of developers, entrepreneurs, and practitioners who are building a new industry.
If you have a good story or case study that relates your experience and success in working with semantic technology then we invite you to make a proposal for the conference.
www.semantic-conference.com   (348 words)

 Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web - WebReference.com-
The Semantic Web has, in a way, become almost a celebrity—Scientific American has even published an article on it (Berners-Lee, Hendler, and Lassila 2001)—although most people don’t know what it is, and although there really isn’t a Semantic Web yet.
The word semantic implies meaning or, as WordNet defines it, “of or relating to the study of meaning and changes of meaning.” For the Semantic Web, semantic indicates that the meaning of data on the Web can be discovered—not just by people, but also by computers.
In brief, the Semantic Web is supposed to make data located anywhere on the Web accessible and understandable, both to people and to machines.
www.webreference.com /internet/semantic/index.html   (1057 words)

 semantic-web@w3.org Mail Archives
The Semantic Web Interest Group is part of the Resource Description Framework work item within the W3C Semantic Web Activity.
Contributors to the list are considered to be members of the Interest Group, and should be familiar with the charter of the group, in particular it's commitment to a royalty free patent policy for W3C Semantic Web technologies.
The Semantic Web Interest Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on Semantic Web technology and applications.
lists.w3.org /Archives/Public/semantic-web   (198 words)

 Semantic Web Days
Semantic Web technologies are nowadays essential for web-based applications.
The Semantic Web Days portal which emerged from the Semantic Web Days conference 2005 in Munich, wants to inform about Semantic Web conferences, news from the community, and the latest research results on Rules and Reasoning on the Web.
ESTC also enables delegates to understand Semantic Technologies and their potential and how to exploit these technologies in their organizations.
www.semantic-web-days.net   (274 words)

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