Metaweb: a semantic wiki startup

O'Reilly groks the Semantic Web in the latest article "Freebase will prove addictive". From his article:

But hopefully, this narrative will give you a sense of what Metaweb is reaching for: a wikipedia like system for building the semantic web. But unlike the W3C approach to the semantic web, which starts with controlled ontologies, Metaweb adopts a folksonomy approach, in which people can add new categories (much like tags), in a messy sprawl of potentially overlapping assertions.

Now that's a very partial simplification. The Semantic Web has always been designed to be grown, though there has been a lot of misunderstanding on this issue as I reported in UFO's seen growing on the web.

The idea of using semantic wikis to grow ontologies is an excellent idea. Seed with a few tags, nourish with plain text, add a little structure with simple ontologies; water; repeat with a littel more complexity at each iteration. With love and attention and a few lullabies the Semantic Web will be born (see Search, tagging and wikis).

A little further he says:

Metaweb still has a long way to go, but it seems to me that they are pointing the way to a fascinating new chapter in the evolution of Web 2.0.

Soon O'Reilly is going to use the word Web 3.0, just you wait and see!

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Comments:

apparenly wikipedia is coming out with their own search engine to challenge google and yahoo! newslink: http://fly2.ws/wikipedia_Google

Posted by louisa on March 09, 2007 at 10:55 AM CET #

And of course one should mention Nova Spivack's Radar as the other semantic web startup to watch.

Posted by Henry Story on March 09, 2007 at 03:12 PM CET #

[Trackback] Henry Story, Danny Ayers and Shelley Powers wrote some astute criticisms of Tim O'Reilly's write-up on freebase. Why do Tim O'Reilly, Cory Doctorow and others continue to mis-cast a means to agree on how to communicate as a centrally-controlled system?...

Posted by Semantic Wave on March 10, 2007 at 11:41 AM CET #

An article in the Economist Sharing what matters in the June 7th quarterly tech review speaks of Danny Hillis and how freebase is based on a graph database.

Posted by Henry Story on June 22, 2007 at 11:10 PM CEST #

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