Re: [TaxoCoP] More on the social/semantic web crossover [1 Attachment]
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.