Explaining the semantic web

We’ve just had the great semantic web conference, semtech, on West Coast.  Lots of interest, new initiatives, buzz.

Have been fielding more questions from the general populace – what is the semantic web?  Have tended to focus on the difference between being able to access data rather than documents over the web.  I think the other key is explaining that the semantic web is designed to enable computer software to aggregate, analyse, present data from the web – without human interaction.

@mirkolorenz on twitter brought my attention to a short 5 minute video from the last Davos conference which gets the essence across.  For the next number of week I will be directing my friends and colleagues to this video for a snappy, relevant, dynamic explanation of semantic web…if a picture can paint a thousand words..

Thanks Tom Llube – i think you nailed it.

Author: Barry OGorman

Barry O'Gorman is an independent business and IT consultant, based in Dublin, Ireland.

2 thoughts on “Explaining the semantic web”

  1. Interesting video: however at the very end, just when he starts posing good rhetorical questions about “what will amazon/facebook etc look like”, I thought: here we go! But then he fails to answer his question and I am left none the wiser as to what it will mean for me the user of the applications that will use the data in the semantic web.

  2. Kieran

    Thanks for your comment.

    I think in the confines of a 5 minute presentation he gets the point across – notwithstanding that you are probably left to join up the dots yourself.

    I would refer you also to PwC’s excellent Quarterly Technology paper – latest issue focused on semantic web.

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