Pew Report on the Fate of the Semantic Web

One of the questions that I hear regularly, and is really difficult to answer, has to do with the prospects for the Semantic Web. The Pew Internet and American Life Project has recently issued a report that complies a substantial number of well-informed views on this issue. The report, and ancillary materials, can be found at:

For what it’s worth, my reading is that respondents are fairly evenly split, with a few more doubters than believers in terms of the impact on the majority of internet users in the next ten years. Although, of course, there’s more to the Semantic Web vision than that, and impact can be both direct and indirect.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Conference on Semantic Web

A One-Day Conference Co-sponsored by CENDIFLICC and NFAIS will be held at the National Archives in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The term “semantic web” appears everywhere – in journal articles, in conference titles, and even in new product promotional material. But what exactly is semantic web?  How does it differ from Web 2.0?   Does it really exist?  And what are its implications for the future of science and scholarly communication?  Focus of the day will begin with an overview of the Semantic Web given by Ralph R. Swick of the W3C – its definition, its objectives, and the approaches being taken to bring it to full reality.  This will be followed by real life examples of how the Semantic Web is currently taking shape.

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