Posts tagged ‘tim berners-lee’

The next web to be user-centric (thoughts on David Siegel’s Pull book)

January 18th, 2010 by Greg Boutin

How much time do you waste searching for stuff on the web, or filling up forms with similar information over and over?

For all its might, utility, and growth, what we have today is a scattered web, a web of distant destinations, on which finding information requires a whole expedition across loosely-connected archipelagos of data, each with its own information requirements, rules of engagement, and gravitational attempts at capturing your time and money.

So, when David Siegel contacted me to review his upcoming book Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business, I was immediately attracted by his core premise, the creation of a web that would automatically wrap around us and serve us based on the actual characteristics and needs of our lives.



Semantic appsSlow adoption of Linked Data: why?

November 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin
Linking Open Data dataset cloud as of July 14t...

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During the November issue of Semantic Web Gang podcast, we also talked about DBpedia, which led me to share new thoughts about Linked Data. And more specifically, two things:

  1. my growing concerns that adoption of Linked Data is going slower than expected (an observation I will test further) given the R&D investment and focus of a large community including the inventor of the web and the W3C, which led us to anticipate a faster growth curve.
  2. the possibility this slow adoption rate might be due to inherent flaws in the design of Linked Data. Even if adoption is in fact rapid (which I don’t think it is), I am nonetheless concerned those flaws could also limit the potential of Linked Data to “turn the Web into a database”, as per the main promise associated with the Semantic Web by its apostles (to this day…).  (more…)


Tying Web 3.0, the Semantic Web and Linked Data Together — Part 1/3: Web 3.0 Will Not Solve Information Overload

May 7th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

Over the past few weeks I have tried to dig deeper into the different concepts of semantic web, linked data, and web 3.0, to develop a better understanding of whether it matters, why, and what it all means from a web user angle. That led me to review recent articles in Nodalities magazine, attend discussions on Taxonomies, and talk to new startups. The Web 3.0 and Semantic Conferences are coming up and I thought that would also help me not to look too idiotic at the “Idiots’ Guide to the Semantic Web and Web 3.0″ panel I’ll be participating in………

One of the focuses of my quest was to try and assess whether, as Tim Berners-Lee put it over a year ago in an interview by Paul Miller, the Semantic Web is “open for business”. Another related goal was to try and compare the cost and benefits of Linked Data, an important component of the Semantic Web as most would agree (where people differ is whether it is a requisite or not). I’ll tackle that across this series of posts. (more…)


Semantic appsThe Siloed View of the Semantic Web as Linked Data

February 28th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

Following another Twitter thread between Kingsley Idehen (Founder & CEO, OpenLink Software) and me, I have been asked by Dan Grigorivici, of web3beat and chair (is that the right title) of the Web 3.0 Conference, to port the conversation from twitter to his blog here (a welcome move, thanks Dan, I’m feeling bad for the Twitter audience)

I have commented there and reproduce my comment here so I can build on it in future posts. I invite you to post any follow-up comment on web3beat. The question is about the definition of the semantic web, whether it’s equivalent to Linked Data, and whether an app that doesn’t leverage Linked Data is part of the Semantic Web. Please keep in mind the question, it gets quickly confusing if you don’t as the attempts to reframe have shown to be plentiful. Here is my comment: (more…)