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Re: What Happened to the Semantic Web?

From: Nicolas Chauvat <nicolas.chauvat@logilab.fr>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:45:59 +0100
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Cc: Ruben Verborgh <ruben.verborgh@ugent.be>, public-lod@w3.org, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20151112114559.GE4095@volans.logilab.fr>

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 02:27:10PM -0500, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> > To me, The Semantic Web is like Google, but then run on my machine.
> To me its just a Web of Data [...]

Ruben says "The Semantic Web" and Kingsley answers "just a Web of Data".

In my tutorial "introduction to the semantic web" last week at
SemWeb.Pro, I presented the Semantic Web and the Web of Data as the
same thing.

Then Fabien Gandon from Inria summarized the first session of the MOOC
"Le Web Sémantique" and distinguished two items in a couple
(web of data ; semantic web).

It made me think that splitting the thing in two after the fact might
have benefits:

- Web of Data = what works today = 1st deliverable of the SemWeb Project

- Semantic Web = what will work = prov, trust, inference, smartclient, etc.

It allows us to say that The Semantic Web Project *has*delivered* its
version 1, nicknamed "Web of Data", and that more versions will follow.

[Hopefully in a couple years the "Web of Data" will have completely
merged with the One True Web and nobody will care about making a
distinction any more]

That way of putting things fits well with the iterative/agile/lean
culture of project management that is now spreading all over.

Do you know of people that have been trying to sell things this way?

Nicolas Chauvat

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