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[ACM technews]: "Semantic Web: Out of the Theory Realm"

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 11:23:21 +0100
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[From ACM's technews service.  I'm not sure how accurate this is, but 
articles of this kind are becoming more common outside the Web community... #g]

From: http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/0917w.html#item5
# "Semantic Web: Out of the Theory Realm"
Internetnews.com (09/12/03); Singer, Michael

Experts working on the Semantic Web say the pieces of the puzzle are coming 
together with standards to guide them. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) 
Semantic Web activity lead Eric Miller is heading the project for that 
organization and says some Semantic Web applications are already in use 
among bloggers, even if the standards needed for ubiquitous adoption are 
not due until at least next year. Miller cites blogging tools such as 
TrackBack, syndication, and author metadata, which he says create 
computer-generated links between like concepts and people. "It works very 
much like six degrees of separation," he says. The Semantic Web is about 
giving Web operations more intelligence, equipping content and applications 
with metadata so that computers can automatically create recommendations or 
reuse data. About 20 more standards are needed to tie together the Semantic 
Web, which is fundamentally based on the Resource Description Framework. 
Recently, the W3C recommended the Web Ontology Language for the Semantic 
Web; Web Ontology working group co-chair Jim Hendler says the Semantic Web 
will run in the background like HTTP, but that the effects of 
self-networking will be tremendous. He says the Semantic Web will allow 
easier application of copyrights in the digital realm since creators can 
put that information in the metatag. Several major IT vendors have already 
created Semantic Web tools, such as HP Haystack from Hewlett-Packard, 
Global Knowledge Engineering framework from Sun Microsystems, and Semio 
Tagger from IBM. Miller notes that early adopters of the Semantic Web 
include the life sciences and bioinformatics communities, as well as 
companies using automated phone systems.
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Graham Klyne
Received on Thursday, 18 September 2003 08:06:00 UTC

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