The one about the Semantic Web

Organizing the vast amount of online junk

From Wikipedia:

Semantic Web is a term coined by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) director Sir Tim Berners-Lee[1]. It describes methods and technologies to allow machines to understand the meaning – or “semantics” – of information on the World Wide Web.

So, this is supposed to be the next big thing, right? That’s not really news. A lot of websites have organized their content with tags, vocabularies and categories for a long time, but what’s interesting is that we’re really starting to use all this data now, and in some really creative ways as well.

One example is the way some new mobile devices are organizing your contacts and photos. Tagged content like Facebook status updates, tweets, Flickr galleries and so forth is automatically interpreted/identified as relevant and added and to your contacts. All of this is naturally kept up to date and in sync automatically.

The video below is a short documentary explaining all of this in plain english.

Part 1:

Part 2:


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Hello — My name is Jens and I'm a freelance full-stack developer. I usually work on medium to large scale projects. React, Elm, Node & WordPress
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3 Responses to The one about the Semantic Web

  1. webdesigner says:

    I try to make my websites compatible to the semantic web as possible, but it requires a lot of work. So for small websites it is not worth the time.

    • ahrengot says:

      Well, in my opinion at least, it has nothing to do with the size of the site, rather it’s the kind of content on there and the importance of that content being properly indexed.

      Surely i’m not saying you strictly need to future-proof every little web project you have going, sometimes those sites aren’t supposed to live much longer than a month or two, or the money just aren’t there to do it. But as online professionals i believe we need to be very aware of these emerging possibilities, and inform our clients of them.

  2. Peach says:

    Interesting videos, but you need really a lot of time to observance, assimilate and integrate all this stuff. But in most of the cases, it is worth the trouble. So thank you for posting the videos.

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