The Semantic Web As I Know it

This will be a short piece on my ideas of the semantic web as I know it. As I know it, the Semantic web Idea is a good one. Placing meaning to the content on the web. if want to search for articles on how chairs are good, i will get articles of chairs that are based off a rating scale and not department chairs. Context, meaning, thats what its all about. I’ve covered this in greate detail before so i wont beat an already dead horse. What I will do is state here that the Semantic Web i dead.

The Semantic Web is dead as people and researchers know it. The Semantic Web wont work with a new browser such as Jena, wont work with over complex OWL and RDF tag libraries, and it wont work with content that people wont share let alone share for free. Business, especially big business needs to make money not try change the world by sharing content to the masses.

The semantic web will live on in the form of widgets, modules. The RDF and OWL tags will be us. People, humans. the same people that give meaning and preference to differnt types of content given a context. Even if RDF was used one article will have dramatic different meanings to each person reading it. Ultimately we will be those tags. We will create our own widgets provided the tools to do so and create our semantic cluster.

The semantic cluster, is a collection of content that provides meaning to us on a personal level. The semantic cluster is a collection of widgets much like the widget that appear on my mac when i click on F12. its a collection of “things” that i need, things that i deem to be useful to me in my day to day activities.

A few tools are now making their way into the main stream technology vernacular, AIR, SilverLight, and now Prism. The winning technology will be the application that makes it easy to use and allows a novice to create their own widget much like Dreamweaver changed the landscape of web creation, with its introduction of “what you see if what you get” application format.

The web is being set free infront of us and the web is now changing into something much like an evolving organism

Armando Padilla

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