Associate Director for Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Semantic Web technologies and particularly RDF have been around for a number of years, but few digital library projects have begun to exploit their potential to lower the cost and complexity of metadata interoperability. MIT’s SIMILE project, a collaboration between the MIT Libraries, MIT CSAIL, and the W3C, is developing tools and demonstrations of how these technologies can be applied to digital libraries, where they really do solve problems, and where they do not. The Longwell faceted browser, the Piggy Bank personal information management system, and other data productivity tools will be demonstrated and discussed. Potential applications of Semantic Web technologies for practical data interoperability will also be described.