I am finally catching up on some extra reading about the Semantic Web. I’ve heard the term for years but really didn’t get it. Here’s my take on it. Replace the word “semantic” with “romantic.” The semantic web is about relationships. It’s a way for the computer to make ideas meaningful on line. It’s the computers best attempt to read your mind. Tim Berners-Lee, the architect of the World Wide Web is taking his capacity for creation to the limit. He’s working on helping computers connect information in amazing ways. Think about it this way, if a human can’t read your mind, maybe the computer can.
He can’t guarantee that this will happen but in the linked article, it says that if say you need to go out of town for a conference, based on data in the computer, it may be able to book your flight, hotel, get your transportation to and from the airport and who knows what else. Yes, no assistants or assistance needed. This would all happen virally, digitally, totally online. All you would have to do is make a final decision. Each computer would communicate with other computers across applications, platforms or otherwise. Again, this is a work in progress.
The semantic web is part of what is known as Web 3.0. This goes beyond consumer to producer, the people being able to create and distribute information which is Web 1.0. Then, it will surpass Web 2.0 which allows groups of consumers and producers to collaborate as they do for example to contribute to Wikipedia. Web 3.0 allows consumers, producers, databases and who knows what else to collaborate literally and digitally. At least, that’s my take on it. It makes Jeff Howe’s Crowdsourcing… Cloudsourcing.
As I prepare to go to the Open Video Conference, my mind is swirling. I have so much more to learn and to understand. What is so hilarious is that I’m smart enough to ask questions and not to pretend that I understand new terminology. Learning is truly a life long process.
I have so many irons in the fire. I’ll keep you posted. Let me know what you think.