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Re: What Happened to the Semantic Web?

From: Ruben Verborgh <ruben.verborgh@ugent.be>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:49:33 +0100
Cc: public-lod@w3.org, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F4CE3BB9-C560-472C-B7C4-866382954202@ugent.be>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Hi Kingsley,

Some valid points. Two quick remarks:

>> For me, the Semantic Web vision has always been about clients.
> 
> I think the "Semantic Web" has always been about "The Web" (clients and
> servers) :)

Of course—but the emphasis in the community has mostly been on servers,
whereas the SemWeb vision started from agents (clients) that would do things (using those servers).
Now, the Semantic Web is mostly a server thing, which the Google/CSE example also shows.

>> At the moment, consuming seems only within reach of the big players,
>> who have the capacity to do it otherwise anyway.
> 
> No, you can craft a CSE yourself right now and triangulate searches
> scoped to specific entity types.

Do you mean making a CSE through the Google interface?
But then I'm actually querying the Google servers, not the Web…
Then intelligence is with a centralized system, not between clients and servers.
Not yet the Semantic Web for me.

Best,

Ruben
Received on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:50:02 UTC

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