Metaweb: a semantic wiki startup
By bblfish on Mar 09, 2007
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!