3 thoughts on “How the Semantic Web Will Save the World (Part 1)

  1. Semantic Web is neither the first nor the last hype in computer world. Of course, it is neither the first nor the last “panacea”. The cause of that is human psychology, which is vulnerable for expected miracles, which may solve all or some of their problems. But let’s look at it from other hand: it is also the sign that there are some problems which should be handled, if not by miracle but by some emerging technology. May Semantic Web make yet another revolution? Well, for some it looks so academic, that many developers still consider it as the “ivory tower”.

    In general, there are two big hypes today: HTML5 and Semantic Web. They both reflects two big problems which we confronts everyday: one of usability and content. HTML handles the first one, Semantic Web does the second one. And vice versa, HTML5 is not aware about content problem, as well as Semantic Web is not about usability one, it is just not human-friendly. This duality is not accidental: from the beginning, HTML is hyper-text (that is, its innovation was in linking different texts), its ancestor is SGML. Therefore, no surpise, Tim Berners-Lee sees the continuation of the Web in “Web of data”, that is, Semantic Web. Web 2.0 and consequent HTML5 hype are based mostly on JavaScript, which allowed, at first, dynamic HTML, and, finally, lead to HTML5. The more actual problem today is should we merge usability and content and how can we merge them? Corresponding followers may say “Let’s have great usability but content will be applied well” or “Let’s handle content appropriately and usability will be applied fine too”. But it is not that simple. At least, because interface and content are inseparable parts of the whole. The whole which is called semantics.

    Theoretically, Semantic Web should cover semantics fully. Practically, it does not. Because it is centered mainly on data and metadata and does not consider their environment, semantic ecosystem. We should think broader. The convergence between usability and content (meaning) should change not only Web and Semantic Web itself but the way we interact with computers. Think about precise search. Think about exact identification. Think about human-friendly and fine-grained semantics. The way we deal with user interface and even files are not ideal today unless we will have semantic ecosystem.

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