The Semantic Web was the original concept of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Internet.
He is now the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium director and is continuing his work on the Semantic Web.
He had the vision of a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange.
It was intended to provide search facilities around the meaning of documents, rather than the literal contents.
The Search that we are all familiar with is based on text-based Searches.
A simple example is the word 'FALL', which in the States can mean the season around September, but in England means drop in England.
A Search would treat each of these words equally and return results which are not appropriate.
The Semantic Web is intended to solve this problem.
In the UK, the Government has contributed £30 / $50 million towards a Web Science Trust.
This is intended to encourage research and entrepreneurial activity to advance the Semantic Web.
The Web Science Conference took place on April 26th. 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Wikipedia says :-
"The Semantic Web is a development in which the meaning (semantics) of information on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to "understand" and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content.
Here's a couple of useful links recommended by the data.gov.uk Website -
the Talis Project
Jeni Tennison's Blog.
On this Website, we have are putting in place a User-Friendly Front-End, which we plan to be a step in the implementation of the principles underlying the Semantic Web.
Right now, we provide these faciltiies :-
- Glossary Entry for MDM
- Glossary Entries presented Alphabetically
- Site Content and Tags
- Website Glossary User Interface Plan
- Zylab Proof-of-Concept
We would be very interested in your thoughts on whether it is worth doing and whether our approach makes sense to you.
Please email us with your Comments.