10 Years of Semantic Web research: Searching for universal patterns

author: Frank van Harmelen, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
published: Nov. 25, 2011,   recorded: October 2011,   views: 12561


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At 10 years of age, there is little doubt that the Semantic Web is an engineering success, with substantial (and growing) take-up in business, government and media. However, as a scientific field, have we discovered any general principles? Have we uncovered any universal patterns that give us insights into the structure of data, information and knowledge, patterns that are valid beyond the engineering of the Semantic Web in its current form? If we would build the Semantic Web again, surely some things would end up looking different, but are there things that would end up looking the same, simply because they have to be that way?

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Comment1 Shruti Shah, December 6, 2011 at 6:28 a.m.:


Comment2 Jeannie Hill, July 20, 2016 at 9:50 p.m.:

This is a fascinating conversation. Thank you. Great talk on the science of the semantic web. Being something that many cannot "see", the computing objects you reference are often out of mind and therefore seem unreal.

By perceiving it better, I find that trust is a central component of the Semantic Web.

Thanks for your thoughts on the physics of it.

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