Friday, October 08, 2004

Web of the Future

Tomorrow's Semantic Web: Understanding What We Mean "We're moving to a web where I know what was meant instead of I know what was input, where the web can understand the meaning of the terms on the page instead of just the text size and color that it should present those words in. It knows a little bit about the user background. We're facilitating interoperability so you don't have to have all these stand-alone applications that don't understand each other. The web is moving to be programmable by normal people instead of just geeks like me."

"Analyses from Gartner and Forrester say that expectation citing is critical for applications. And one of the ways you can do that is exposing the top levels of your hierarchy about what your site covers. You also see things like umbrella upper-level structures; I gave an example of the UNSPSC, which provides the top five layers for business-to-business ontologies. They don't really expect to have enough information for any one application in the business space to function, but they say if you're going to do B2B applications, come use our top levels of integration terms so that if you're using a certain kind of widget, we know where that fits in our hierarchy."

The Semantic Web "Although search engine services will still play a big role in locating information for people across the Web, the foundations set by the Semantic Web will lower the entry barrier for applications to utilize a wide array of software agents for the purposes of information retrieval and mining."
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