The Semantic Web Has Arrived

September 20, 2015

Short honk: If you want evidence of the impact of the semantic Web, you will find “What Happened to the Semantic Web?” useful. The author captures 10 examples of the semantic Web in action. I highlighted this passage in the narrative accompanying the screenshots:

there is no question that the Web already has a population of HTML documents that include semantically-enriched islands of structured data. This new generation of documents creates a new Web dimension in which links are no longer seen solely as document addresses, but can function as unambiguous names for anything, while also enabling the construction of controlled natural language sentences for encoding and decoding information [data in context] — comprehensible by both humans and machines (bots).

Structured data will probably play a large part in the new walled gardens now under construction.

The conclusion will thrill the search engine optimization folks who want to decide what is relevant to a user’s query; to wit:

A final note — The live demonstrations in this post demonstrate a fundamental fact: the addition of semantically-rich structured data islands to documents already being published on the Web is what modern SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is all about. Resistance is futile, so just get with the program — fast!

Be happy.

Stephen E Arnold, September 20, 2015


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