Unfortunately, I could only spend 4 days at the recent WWW2008 event in
Beijing (I departed the morning following the
Linked Data Workshop), so I couldn't take my
slot on the "Commercializing the Semantic Web panel" etc.. Anyway, thanks to
the Web I
can still inject my points of view in the broad Web based
discourse. Well so I hoped, when I attempted to post a comment to
Paul Miller's ZDNet domain hosted blog
thread titled: Commercialising the Semantic Web.
Unfortunately, the cost of completing ZDNet's unwieldy signup
process simply exceeded the benefits of dropping my comments in
their particular space :-( Thus, I'll settle for a trackback ping
What follows is the cut and paste of my intended comment
contributions to Paul's post.
As discussed earlier this week during our podcast session, commercialization of
Semantic Web technology shouldn't be a
mercurial matter at this stage in the game :-) It's all about
looking at how it provides value :-)
From the Linked Data angle, the ability to produce,
dispatch, and exploit "Context" across an array of "Perspectives"
from a plethora of disparate data
sources on the Web and/or behind corporate firewalls, offers
immense commercial value.
Yahoo's Searchmonkey effort will certainly
bring clarity to some of the points I made during the podcast re.
the role of URIs as "value consumption tickets" (Data
Services are exposed via URIs). There has to be a trigger (in user
space) that compels Web users to seek broader, or simply varied,
perspectives as a response to data
encountered on the Web. Yahoo! is about to put this light on in a
big way (imho).
The "self annotating" nature of the Web is what ultimately
drives the manifestation of the long awaited Semantic Web. I believe I postulated about
"Self Annotation & the Semantic Web" in a
number of prior posts which, by the way, should be DataRSS compatible right now due to
Yahoo's support of OpenSearch Data Providers (which this
Blog Space has been for eons).
Today, have many communities adding strucuture to the Web (via
their respective tools of preference) without explicitly realizing
what they are contributing. Every RSS/Atom feed, Tag,
Weblog, Shared Bookmark, Wikiword, Microformat, Microformat++
(eRDF or RDFa),
GRDDL stylesheet, and RDFizer etc.. is a
piece of structured data.
Finally, the different communities are all finding ways to work
together (thank heavens!) and the results are going to be
cataclysmic when it all plays out :-)
Data, Structure, and Extraction are the keys to the Semantic
Life! First you get the Data in a container (information resource), and then you add
Structure to the information resource (RSS, Atom, microformats, RDFa,
eRDF, SIOC, FOAF, etc.), once you have
Structure RDFization (i.e. transformation to Linked Data) is a synch thanks to RDF Middleware (as per earlier RDF middleware posts).