The semantic web
Here’s my first text post on Tumblr, and I’ll kick off with something I knew/still know very little about — the semantic web.
Tonight I went along to a meetup for Oslo Semantic web in search of enlightenment. Perhaps you’re like me – you’ve googled the term, found plenty of information on it, but failed to really grasp it? Much of what I’ve found out there was pretty dry reading. But tonight I got talking to Pia Virmalainen Jøsendal, organiser of the meetup, and she helped me to understand it a little better. So here’s a quick attempt to define it in super-simple terms:
- it’s all about relationships between elements on the web
- Tim Berners-Lee first planted this seed of an idea, that every piece of information on the internet should have its own related data
- it’s about building databases in a new way, entering data along with its related information
- search for something specific in a semantic database and your results will contain all kinds of useful, related information
- these databases take longer to set up but are far more valuable
- the idea is also that the databases are open to everyone so that even more relationships can be established online
Was any of this helpful? I can’t vouch for it being correct, but perhaps it’s useful to just grasp the basic concept. If you are more confused than enlightened by all this, then sorry. Just go ask Pia to explain it better than I can.