Semantic Web: ItÂ´s all about “Relationship Discovery”
Since about 5 years or so, I have been constantly explaining to a variety of people with different backgrounds what the semantic web is all about. Sure, itÂ´s about knowledge representation, ontology engineering, OWL, RDF and all that stuff. But, whatÂ´s the big deal? WhatÂ´s the advantage of using all those technologies? IÂ´ve been trying out many different explanations for these questions. Sometimes I had a few spare hours to address these issues in depth, sometimes I had only 5 minutes left to make my point. Finally, I think that I have distilled the focal idea of the semantic web: ItÂ´s all about relationship discovery!
One small example: Whenever I found an interesting site I was wondering if similar websites would exist. And here is a possible solution: similicious.
Since I like this site I have tried to find similar ones like this.
And just a few clicks away, I found this blog entry about a new breed of recommendation engines which “understand” their userÂ´s needs better than ever before.
So in the future, whenever you will be asked what the semantic web is all about, you can – if you like – give a short answer nearly everybody will understand: “The Semantic Web is about finding interesting relations between all kinds of “things”: Who knows who? Who knows what? WhatÂ´s similar like this? And even: WhatÂ´s NOT similar like this but also somehow related? etc. – , thatÂ´s it.