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.