Semantic Interoperability

Semantic Interoperability is a relatively new idea in the information technology field; so new, indeed, that it’s Wikipedia article has neither a talk page nor been the subject of a revert war. Impressive, no?

We don’t yet actually have semantic interoperability, and there’s no guarantee we ever will. We’ve barely had the requisite technologies for more than a year, though, and it’s not as if this is a subject with as broad of interest as, say, the grievious and unnecessary Ajaxification of “Web 2.0” websites. But I digress…

Not surprisingly, a lot of the work in this area is sponsored, if not conducted, by the government; it looks like there are high hopes for semantic analysis to help power the next-generation of information-exploitation technologies in the intelligence community. An April, 2007 presentation on the subject (208KB PowerPoint file) gives both a good background on the development history of this nearly science-fiction technology, and also something of a roadmap towards, among other things, “Web 3.0”.

Published in: Geekiness, General | on May 18th, 2007| 2 Comments »

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  1. On 5/24/2007 at 9:05 am Sumitra Menon Said:

    Sramana Mitra has developed a compelling definition of Web 3.0, and differs on the viewpoint that Semantic Web would be the essence of the next generation of the Internet. Please read this: Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS).

  2. On 5/24/2007 at 8:25 pm Nemo Said:

    I’m not convinced semantic analysis is going to play a part in the next generation of the web, either; however, neither am I convinced that “Web 3.0” is going to be the next, great step for the net. (Heck, I’m not convinced that there’s been any serious progress towards a Web 2.0 yet.)

    I don’t doubt Mitra’s vision is probably close to the reality of how the web will be in the not-too-distant future, but that doesn’t diminish either the potential usefulness of semantic interoperability – nor, unfortunately, the difficulty in actually making it reality.