“Semantic Web is Dead” Revisited (1)

So, I made a bold statement some time ago. I declared the Semantic Web dead, and started a conversation (e.g., SEW). Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, many articles took the title from that post at face value, and did not bother looking inside. Thus, some people never found out that I never thought or claimed that semantic technologies are dead – just that the capital-lettered Semantic Web is dead.

Since I wrote about the “death” of the Semantic Web (now first search result on Google and Yahoo! if you look for ‘semantic web dead‘), I am proud to say, Yahoo! has been making some great progress in enabling – and motivating – the small-lettered “semantic web”. SearchMonkey in particular generates powerful motivations for developers to use lightweight semantics for their content. The benefits of these semantics could outweigh the effort, finally tipping the scale towards inclusion of semantics in key web applications – and in search.

Why am I reminded of this topic now? Search Engine Watch (again!) posted a good write up yesterday summarizing the views of Peter Mika (of Yahoo! Research Barcelona, “the last existing Y!RB“) about the semantic web. They do a rather good job quoting him, I guess, but a horrible job quoting me (“Naaman’s reasoning was the limitation of microformats” – in fact I claimed the opposite, the light-weight formats will enable and drive the available semantics).

More on the semantic web later, I am sure.

Updated: fixed source of recent article.

One thought on ““Semantic Web is Dead” Revisited (1)

  1. ayman

    Naaman – you are in the graces of other people do declared things as dead; The most notably is Nietzsche’s God is dead statement from around 1882. Like you, Friedrich himself was misquoted. As the Wikipedia points out, it was a “way of saying that the idea of God is no longer capable of acting as a source of any moral code or teleology.”

    It’s curious to look at religion as an analogy to the dream of a semantic web, but I believe the same holds true. This leaves the world to Madmen to look for assertations to retain a system of value in the absence of a divine order [1].

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