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RE: How will the semantic web emerge

From: John Flynn <jflynn@bbn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 08:53:14 -0500
To: "'Asankhaya Sharma'" <asankhaya@yahoo.com>, <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000301c5ffec$938181b0$22c37346@homefkm0ipwbbi>


There will undoubtedly be several different mechanisms that will eventually
lead to the widespread use of the Semantic Web. I personally think the most
important one will be for typical HTML web site developers to "mark up"
selected content on their web sites (names, places and other facts) as
instance data of classes and properties of remote ontologies. By "remote" I
mean ontologies that someone else has created and hosts on their web server.
This will remove the "problem" of the average web site developer having to
learn the complexities of creating useful ontologies - all they will have to
do is to map selected data on their web sites to existing ontologies. This
approach will require three things: there has to be an extension to HTML
that makes it very easy for web site developers to mark up their instance
data, a wide cross-section of vetted ontologies have to be created and
advertised so that web site developers can easily find and trust them, and a
crawler is needed to find, collect, index and store the instance data.
XHTML2 is providing some capability to mark up HTML web site instance data,
but I think its approach is less than intuitive and too complex for wide
spread use by typical web site developers. The remote ontologies will be
vetted by the community over time, just as reliable and trusted web sites
are vetted today.

John Flynn

-----Original Message-----
From: semantic-web-request@w3.org [mailto:semantic-web-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Asankhaya Sharma
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 7:51 AM
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Subject: How will the semantic web emerge

Everyone seems to be talking about what the semantic
web will be like and how the applications like
semantic web search will change the way we get our
search results and supplement. But can someone tell
me.. How will the semantic web emerge... The web is so
large already that we cannot expect people to start
making thier sites machine readable one fine morning..
Are any projects going on which can retrive
information from the present web and create ontologies
for use on semantic web?

Asankhaya Sharma

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