SemWeb Next Big Thing or Vaporware?
By billy.cripe on Feb 03, 2009
@bex asks Twitter if SemWeb will be the next big thing or if its just more vaporware. The premise of the question is wrong methinks. If Web 2.0 was a big thing but not because someone came out with the one killer app. Rather it was an evolution of technology and infrastructure that allowed the social expectations of users to be met online. Was Facebook the beginning of Web 2.0? Was AJAX? Was Napster (the original not the relaunch)? Was Web 2.0 vaporware before these?
Rather Web2.0 emerged as the name for a collection of usage patterns and enabling technologies.
I think the same is/will be true of Semantic Web (or Web 3.0 or SemWeb or the Data Driven Web). Read what Hendler and Lassila (PDF warning) have to say:
Although Semantic Web proponents have long seen evidence of growing
interest, the technology’s success has become far more evident in the past few months. This is largely because of the maturing of the RDF languages and the technologies that support them. Oracle’s July 2005 release of RDF support in its Spatial 10.2g database product provided the legitimacy that some felt the language lacked. As people experimented with RDF databases, they found significant advantages over traditional structured databases in many cases, especially with respect to embedding data on the Web.
SemWeb is and will continue to emerge, though slowly and as a feature/function of an application, web site, or tool. It is not an end in itself, but rather a way that other systems make use of content.
As such it's probably not relevant to talk about Sem web as either the "next big thing" or "vaporware".
But that's just my $.02.
You should read more about SemWeb and the confluence of Social Web 2.0 capabilities HERE.