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Re: Glossary: Semantic/Semantic Web [was: Re: Glossary: Web Conte nt]

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 13:50:24 -0400
Message-ID: <3B095560.7BCCCA7@w3.org>
To: DPawson@rnib.org.uk
CC: wai-xtech@w3.org
DPawson@rnib.org.uk wrote:
> Sean:
> > [Semantic Web]
> > The Semantic Web is a conceptual information space in which the
> > resources identified by URIs can be processed by machines. It operates
> > on the principles of "partial understanding" and "inference" (being
> > able to infer new knowledge of terms from data that you already
> > understand), and hence evolution and transformation.<delete> On an
> > implementation basis, information is mostly represented as a set of
> > triples (subject, predicate, object - similar to "noun verb object" in
> > natural language), that allows machines to connect terms to one
> > another. The relationships between the subjects and objects is often
> > what gives the data its "meaning", and allows for the bootstrapping
> > process to occur - for example "Zip in William's system is equivalent
> > to Zip in Aaron's system, which is kinda like Postal Code in Sean's
> > system".</delete> Because the URIs are being used to represent the
> resources,
> > systems can grow on a globally decentralized basis, similar to
> > hypertext documentation systems on the early WWW.
> Since definitions are sought, I've marked a section as a candidate
> delete from the above, rationale being that how it works is
> partly redundant for a definition.
> Does that clarify?
>  I certainly think its a fair working definition.
> I wonder what tbl would think of it!

Check out information on the Semantic Web home page [1]:

 "The Semantic Web is a vision: the idea of having data
  on the web defined and linked in a way that it can be 
  used by machines not just for display purposes, but 
  for automation, integration and reuse of data across 
  various applications."

  [1] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

I strongly recommend coordinating with the Semantic Web
Activity if you are trying to define this term.

 - Ian

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