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RE: New Research Alert: The Fate of the Semantic Web

From: Novak, Kevin <KevinNovak@aia.org>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 11:37:54 -0400
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To: "Adam Harvey" <harvey@thedesignstate.com>, <rachel.flagg@gsa.gov>
Cc: <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Rachel and Adam,

 

+1 from me as well!

 

Perhaps we can add to the agenda for the group call next week and see
how we can address.

 

Kevin

 

Kevin Novak

Vice President, Integrated Web Strategy and Technology

 

The American Institute of Architects

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Washington, DC 20006

 

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[mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Adam Harvey
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 11:08 AM
To: rachel.flagg@gsa.gov
Cc: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: New Research Alert: The Fate of the Semantic Web

 

Hi Rachel,

 

+1 to your sentiments. Less talk, more follow-through.

 

On May 6, 2010, at 10:59 AM, rachel.flagg@gsa.gov wrote:






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
<http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Semantic-Web/Overview.aspx?r=1>  

Thanks!
-Rachel
-------------------------------
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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whether the
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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
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"By 2020, the semantic web envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee will not be as
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difference."
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"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." 

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conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and
the Pew Research
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