How would you easily explain the concept of the Semantic Web to someone with basic technical knowledge? Re-factoring something I said in a blog a while ago, I’ve now edited it down to this:
- Web 1.0 was about connecting-up documents.
- Web 2.0 is about connecting-up people.
- The Semantic Web is about connecting-up data.
So, it’s a bit basic, but I think that gets the premise across. I’d be interested to hear any suggestions you have for other easy explanations. Similarly, the Semantic Web really needs a re-brand, doesn’t it? Maybe if it sounded cooler or less techy, people wouldn’t be so scared of it. What would you call it?
iWeb? Web 3000? Ultra-web? Ultra-Intra-Web? The Dark Web? (After all, it’s a bit like dark matter, and is intended to be the invisible glue that makes up the majority of the mass of the web). Maybe we should bring the word ‘cyber’ back into fashion, I kinda miss it… Cyberdata! No, on second thoughts… Anyone have any bright ideas!?