Thursday, October 07, 2004

Next Big thing. Semantic Web - 1

Well off late atleast in the blogsphere there is a little noise, about "Semantic Web" being the next big thing.

Recently MIT Technology Reivew ran an article on the inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee of the original WWW, now also the creator of the Semantic Web.

Before commenting on the potential or the lack of it of the Semantic Web, i have decided that i will first take the time and understand the concept in totallity.

What is the Semantic Web?
The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF), which integrates a variety of applications using XML for syntax and URIs for naming.

"The Semantic Web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation." -- Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler, Ora Lassila, The Semantic Web, Scientific American, May 2001

Via W3C

Since RDF is an important/key component is the concept of the semantic web, lets try and understand what that is all about.

What is RDF?
The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a language for representing information about resources in the World Wide Web.

RDF is intended for situations in which this information needs to be processed by applications, rather than being only displayed to people. RDF provides a common framework for expressing this information so it can be exchanged between applications without loss of meaning. Since it is a common framework, application designers can leverage the availability of common RDF parsers and processing tools.

Via W3C


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