Talking Points for Semantic Web vs. Web2.0


One of the main aspects of Web2.0, ie, that applications are based on combining various type of data that are spread all around on the Web, coincides with the very essence of the Semantic Web. What the SW provides is a consistent model and tools for the definition and the usage of qualified relationships among data on the Web. There are differences, of course: Semantic Web is like Web 2.0 (in this respect) but with more general, standardized, and possibly more expressive data models. In some cases problem may get really hard and needs inferences, reasoning services; but Web 2.0 will be able to seamlessly “upshift” to RDF Schemas, SKOS, OWL, or Rules, making use of the greater expressibility of those technologies. Which will continue the historical trend of putting more smarts into the data so that code becomes simpler and programmer’s time becomes more productive.

The big picture: imagine having one query language, one client, and one data access protocol which let you arbitrarily slice the data of Flickr, delicious, Google, and your favorite Web 2.0 sites, FOAF files, RSS 1.0 feeds — plus anything that can be mapped into RDF. This is data integration the Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web way.


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