Via Petrona, I note an article about the semantic web in The Economist magazine. Semantic web? Here is The Economist's definition:

The semantic web is so called because it aspires to make the web readable by machines as well as humans, by adding special tags, technically known as metadata, to its pages. Whereas the web today provides links between documents which humans read and extract meaning from, the semantic web aims to provide computers with the means to extract useful information from data accessible on the internet, be it on web pages, in calendars or inside spreadsheets.

Readers Comments

  1. I'm a senior web developer at Yahoo!, and let me tell you that the semantic web is already here (and we're already using it):

  2. Thanks Brad. We've been trying to implement microformats wherever possible here on RSB... i.e. hReview on the book reviews and hCards on the contributor pages.

    We haven't got around to adding hAtom to the blog yet... but do have plans to! :-D

    - Lee

  3. Thanks for the mention! Someone will correct me if I am wrong, I am sure, but websites such as Amazon use an automatic process called semantic matching to recommend "books you might like" to you -- the automatic, search-based alert. One can see the semantic web a bit like that, I think -- Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the web) has said that one day, the semantic web will actually do the experiments for the scientists while they are off thinking great thoughts, or drinking coffee. I wonder?

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