Where the Social Web Meets the Semantic Web

author: Tom Gruber, RealTravel.com
published: Feb. 25, 2007,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 30269


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The Semantic Web is an ecosystem of interaction among computer systems. The social web is an ecosystem of conversation among people. Both are enabled by conventions for layered services and data exchange. Both are driven by human-generated content and made scalable by machine-readable data. Yet there is a popular misconception that the two worlds are alternative, opposing ideologies about how the web ought to be. Folksonomy vs. ontology. Practical vs. formalistic. Humans vs. machines.

This is nonsense, and it is time to embrace a unified view. I subscribe to the vision of the Semantic Web as a substrate for collective intelligence. The best shot we have of collective intelligence in our lifetimes is large, distributed human-computer systems. The best way to get there is to harness the "people power" of the Web with the techniques of the Semantic Web. In this presentation I will show several ways that this can be, and is, happening.

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Comment1 Mike Darnell, December 15, 2008 at 12:22 p.m.:

It's really interesting to see how ideas evolve spontaneously and simultaneously all over the world.

Tom Gruber's talk given in 2006 regarding a unified view of the semantic web and the social web took place just as we at Semantinet were making our first steps into developing our own app for realizing this unification.

If you want to experience an intersection between the social and semantic webs for yourself check out our semantic Firefox add-on at http://headup.com


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