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Re: Fw: New Research Alert: The Fate of the Semantic Web

From: Brad Cox <bcox@virtualschool.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 17:37:54 -0400
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To: rachel.flagg@gsa.gov
Cc: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Hard to say when semantic web is so dominated by hyperbole and hype. But
when you focus in on specifics that can be nailed down I definitely think
those can be not only helpful but essential.

To focus on one example of govt textual data, take architectures like FEA,
BTA, DoDAF (particularly V2/DM2) now scattered in PDF files, CADM, SQL, XML,
what have you. Rarely shared across domains and even more rarely with
citizens. Yet all are linked data that could be easily converted to RDF and
put where they can be shared.

One problem is this "where" can't be one central place since each producer
will want to retain control. RDF should be able to handle that. But can't
really yet because of the ambiguity between URIs and URLs. I know people are
working on that but am aware of no solutions yet. If anyone does, please
share.

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

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> 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
> -------------------------------
> 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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> ----- Forwarded by Rachel L. Flagg/XCC/CO/GSA/GOV on 05/06/2010 07:38 AM
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> 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==
> ].
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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
> their vision, often called Web 3.0 [
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> these technology experts and stakeholders were divided and often
> contentious.
> Some 47% agreed with the statement:
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> "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:
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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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> 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
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> conducted by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and the
> Pew Research
> Center's Internet & American Life Project.
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> Read more:
> http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Impact-of-the-Internet-on-Institutions-in-the-Future.aspx
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