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Big Week for the Semantic Web

March 25th, 2009

I wish I had more time to write a real blog on this, and I know most of these have already been announced in various longer blogs by others – but in case you’ve missed it, the past week or so has seen some real indicators of Semantic Web growth. Obviously it is good that Microsoft is hosting a Palo Alto Semantic Web meetup (http://www.powerset.com/blog/articles/2009/03/19/call-for-presenters-epic-paws-meetup) and the Semantic Search announcement by Google can’t hurt (cf. http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2009/03/25/its-all-semantics-says-google.aspx), but here’s some other “we’re getting real” announcements that have come out recently:

1 – announcement of Obama use of Sem Web: http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/03/19/obama-groundbreaking-use-semantic-web/
2 – announcement of “Semantic Web for Dummies” – http://www.amazon.com/Semantic-Web-Dummies-Computer-Tech/dp/0470396792
3 – announcement of Oreilly “programming the semantic web” – http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596802066/
I’ve been told that when you’re in a community, you cannot really see the exponential growth thing until “n” gets large enough — I don’t know for sure, but I’m feeling like we may be getting to that “n.” So for folks like me who’ve been doing so much evangelizing for a while now, it’s almost scary — when I was at DARPA, back in those days when the Semantic Web was a twinkle in Tim BL’s eye, I used to say that someday there would be weeks like this – but I don’t know if I ever really believed it. Now, I think I do…

Way to go Web 3.0,

Jim H.

p.s. and of course, this also means my research group better start figuring out what Web 4.0 is going to be, because this 3.0 space is starting to get crowded…

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