Personally, I believe that we've actually reached a watershed
moment re. the evolution of the Web from a mesh of
Linked Data Containers (Web of Linked
Documents) to a mesh of Linked Data Items (entities or real world
The journey towards this watershed moment started with the
Semantic Web Project, gained focus and
pragmatism via the Linked Data meme, attained substance &
credibility via efforts such as DBpedia and the resulting cloud of Open Linked Data Spaces, and finally
arrived at the most important destination of all: broad
comprehension and coherence, via RDFa.
Over the years, I've chronicled the journey above via entries in
this particular data space (my blog)
and most recently, via my rapid-fire comments and debates on
(basically hastag #linkeddata account: kidehen).
On a parallel front re. my chronicles, I've periodically had
conversations with Jon Udell, who has always provided a coherent
sounding board and reconciliation framework for my world views and
open data access vision; naturally, this has a lot to do with his
holistic grasp of the big picture issues, associated technical
details, and special communication prowess :-)
Against this backdrop, I refer you to my most recent podcast conversation with Jon,
which is about how the tandem of HTML+RDFa and the GoodRelations vocabulary deliver the critical
missing links re. broad comprehension of the Semantic Web vision en
route to mass exploitation.