Organizing the vast amount of online junk
Semantic Web is a term coined by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) director Sir Tim Berners-Lee. 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.