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From: <rachel.flagg@gsa.gov>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 07:59:32 -0700
To: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF69BDAAAF.EF41F665-ON8525771B.0050621A-8825771B.00525B17@gsa.gov>
eGov group members,
I just read this new report from Pew (link below), and all the comments 
from survey respondents, and it got me thinking about our eGov group. 
Lately the email conversations and conference calls within our group have 
been dominated with talk of linked data and the semantic web....and I 
think we are moving away from our core mission.

I am wondering how the semantic web can, in a PRACTICAL way, really help 
us improve electronic government in the next few months of our Charter... 
especially given that the semantic web still seems to be, to a great 
extent, theoretical.  I am a big fan of practicality - and since our 
Charter has a time limit - if we are going to develop some serious, 
practical standards to help governments around the world improve their 
online service delivery... is the semantic web really the best way to get 
there?

I welcome your thoughts on how we can get our group back on track, working 
toward our THREE areas of focus:

 - Usage of Web Standards (Government Websites and use of best practices 
and standards)
 - Transparency and Participation (Enabling discovery, communications, and 
interaction) 
 - Seamless Integration of Data (Use of data standards, Semantic Web, XML)

Read the report: "The Fate of the Semantic Web" 
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Semantic-Web/Overview.aspx?r=1

Thanks!
-Rachel
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Rachel Flagg 
Forum Community Manager
  & Co-Chair, Federal Web Managers Council 
Government Web Best Practices Team
Office of Citizen Services 
U.S. General Services Administration 
rachel.flagg@gsa.gov
www.webcontent.gov - Better websites. Better government.

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Internet & American Life Project

Report Alert
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New Report: The Fate of the Semantic Web 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI35NY1_2-OqjWKENbU801OJ6j2rRgy-8cw7Y8Zu6xk-P5Axd1n23lR8lb_SjRKsldmlFTv0Ev9NOu42vh1aRZvMKvBftXpuvpd-HD6Dk8rmPxJkoVFSOEb7igoDcNykUeNulkjayvAolBIxUKlaILHH]
By Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie 

[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI1W_X0fg6gEJzS4l7bg5ReW6gzAi4dV1Pe1Vy7lZMislUBeF4T3Blm3RhEVjkMkjsWybFKCHVBc7UtQl7QcNFLxehYRpCmc_uWEir9GrAC4TUvCcib1GX7nBFib4xI23nDChap61FI5bA==]

May 4, 2010
Technology experts and stakeholders who participated in a recent survey 
believe 
online information will continue to be organized and made accessible in 
smarter 
and more useful ways in coming years, but there is stark dispute about 
whether the
improvements will match the visionary ideals of those who are working to 
build the
semantic web 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI3IMB91g_98ODxZNcOCVM_4GG0TEW-SG41U7bqM1T7xFYYt8JUSH_Uoy4bd3508wXDq9D_mM0GTOew7x_ADCqVUz_MwSUXzh7jB_-TQpa3IzDmczmJ-7HIvYST2jacZaDaIhIXnGDIBYBqaW6R31kwj_zDYpGnnbLgttIOAd4vIiO9JqqxLRVo1LJimaGt0OVoNNgK1kniVGw==].

Some 895 experts responded to the invitation of the Pew Research Center's 
Internet
& American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet 
Center to predict
the likely progress toward achieving the goals of the semantic web by the 
year 2020.

Asked to think about the likelihood that Berners-Lee and his allies will 
realize
 their vision, often called Web 3.0 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI35NY1_2-OqjWKENbU801OJ6j2rRgy-8cw7Y8Zu6xk-P5Axd1n23lR8lb_SjRKsldmlFTv0Ev9NOu42vh1aRZvMKvBftXpuvpd-HD6Dk8rmPxJkoVFSOEb7igoDcNykUeNulkjayvAolBIxUKlaILHH],
these technology experts and stakeholders were divided and often 
contentious.
Some 47% agreed with the statement:

"By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee will not be as 
fully effective
as its creators hoped and average users will not have noticed much of a 
difference."
Some 41% agreed with the opposite statement, which posited:

"By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee and his allies 
will have
been achieved to a significant degree and have clearly made a difference 
to average
internet users."

The web-based survey gathered opinions from prominent scientists, business 
leaders,
consultants, writers and technology developers. It is the fourth in a 
series of 
Internet expert studies 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI351yrh91tYPRKXTWIJ2XWKZkOwP0puGgJTp-vcHhqCFXzdetSXN9eiwKz1G7JwnSl3RFlwUgbbZWcnoEG-fz1r7TZQCTIp7-XMTNdlpZUrzNkUHpR0G-cstrM8EY9CGx8isZkdDy2Re9UlKP_IwEWN]
conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and the 
Pew Research
Center's Internet & American Life Project.

Read more: 
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Impact-of-the-Internet-on-Institutions-in-the-Future.aspx

[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI35NY1_2-OqjWKENbU801OJ6j2rRgy-8cw7Y8Zu6xk-P5Axd1n23lR8lb_SjRKsldmlFTv0Ev9NOu42vh1aRZvMKvBftXpuvpd-HD6Dk8rmPxJkoVFSOEb7igoDcNykUeNulkjayvAolBIxUKlaILHH]
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Imagining the Internet - Elon University 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI1ttZCdCPoRHSdp-YH-LfXFrWnuQs600TG0rxTmHnKVyhTJ0DBvBeUXeqrWWtEScGsRIafEruj7BL0gSvDDo9lfzRb4ek4bKNp1TE2JFwEP-_8c0GJ0iVALwCg6KTbxz3_hdFg6zQHk5rYhXw7y3z6EXz1rl0uoK4_pgMLu2dpPl4bZb-2bHs4UZqI1ImFke1HU_GJaevfmzA==]
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This publication is part of a Pew Research Center series that captures 
people's 
expectations for the future of the Internet, in the process presenting a 
snapshot
of current attitudes.
Find out more at: 
http://pewinternet.org/topics/Future-of-the-internet.aspx 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI29c1DDeG2rOCEjOayUsX78512BWm4XhHS_6dAafH1IvBhPc-0kz-K9EvSmtDhYfz1dBL_7G6mJDtyazKDJ8_L0q8j1VLcTcT8_PJKTYyXUwmfTcvaMM2hTjlgLqZtVW5Fhte6NbkFDKyanZWNpr3q9]
and http://imaginingtheinternet.org 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI3AvLZlUbwRuWiyL4j0RgY1nXOO4SbNQPeGClr6DQV82BfV8_QZIQkGePElFec3_bfRQ1KzizAgnDAv48G90CHQ2n6U2DP81OQQwPEqiqnIlUdgTqC6zm9O].
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About the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a 
nonprofit
"fact tank"that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends 
shaping
 America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet 
on children,
families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and 
civic/political 
life.  Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. 
The Project's
website is: http://www.pewinternet.org 
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103361950871&s=4634&e=001fwsSaGi8rI3ektOrz-EL3-2HAktoA4Ab8bJdhlYJp8IHQUHoLNs1dLfSaW6agZK1lMlGWmXlfjXa3foL_dzRS6RpyToRaluymcIoOTiLmD7CLMoj7hWMFg==].

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