Re: [TaxoCoP] More on the social/semantic web crossover
- I rarely post, but there has been much recent literature on this topic that
should also be shared here. The feel of the room at SemTech Boston and a
recent review of Semantic Technologies on O'Reilly have suggested that some
technologies ( including Opengraph, OWL, triple stores) may not be not the
answer, but the power is in the Linked Data -- that is understanding and
improving the relationships in the text, data, image, user experience and
sharing these with other applications.
Check out this blogpost on O'Reilly
It seems semantic web/social media might be moving towards a more practical
view where there is wider understanding of the value in ontologies,
taxonomies, common vocabularies and metadata, as a critical part of the path
towards scalable technologies to share, discover and improve information,
independent of what technology is used for machine-level implementation.
(and much easier to implement).
Organizing concepts leads to clear thinking
Thanks for the link. I think in many ways the semantic web discussion is getting less grandiose and more practical* - and about time too. What I'd like to see more of from the semantic web crowd is an understanding of the social world in which their systems operate.
The social web has excited people because it allows them to do more of the things that humans do naturally (socialise, cooperate, compete). Most of the tech that underpinned the social web has been pretty basic (Clay Shirky calls it "boring" and he means that as a compliment). In comparison, the semantic web is perceived (if at all) as something very techy that offers slightly more efficient transactions and surfing. It uses PhD-level tech but the sociology is a bit kindergarten.
Interesting collation of views by Pew earlier in the year: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1584/semantic-web-tim-berners-lee-future-of-internet
*I would note that a significant minority of ontology-focused computer scientists seem to have megalomaniac tendencies.