Semantic Web: ready to go mainstream?

21Dec07

Yes, answers Technology Review by introducing Twine this way: «A new Web-based application from San Francisco startup Radar Networks, helps people keep track of personal data, including e-mails, documents, photos, videos, and visited Web pages. But its artificial-intelligence algorithms also help categorize that data, sometimes finding surprising connections in disparate content. It is one of the first commercial applications to take advantage of standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium for the Semantic Web, an envisioned network that will automatically classify and sort information.» Many are paying attention and checking the maturity – or the hype – of this semantic web, including Mr. Scoble himself with a hands-on video & interview which is receiving quite a mixed bag of comments. While a short story on the current SematicReport underlines a good point: «Twine is intended to enable the collaboration process in groups, and to make individuals more productive in the way they access and use information. He compared it to the structure of a Wiki by explaining that wikis depend on individuals to add relevance through tagging and personal interaction, while Twine does all the heavy lifting automatically. If you’ve even done a little bit of work adding tags, keywords, and other meta data, you understand why much of the information on the web is lacking in the kind of information that can help make it semantically useful.»



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