Did you know? On March 13, 2009, the World Wide Web celebrated 20 years and to quote, “…something happened at CERN that would change the world forever: Tim Berners-Lee handed a document to his supervisor Mike Sendall entitled “Information Management : a Proposal“To assess the impact of this “proposal” on society and the way we communicate, wow, look at so called collaboration 2.0 tools like blogging, wikis or perhaps evolution of the web to “semantic web” or Web 3.0.Tim’s vision of the semantic web is as follows;”I have a dream for the Web [in which computers] become capable of analyzing all the data on the Web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. A ‘Semantic Web’, which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machines. The ‘intelligent agents‘ people have touted for ages will finally materialize.”
– Tim Berners-Lee, 1999Whilst my last posting was around the journey of impossibilities e.g. holograms and teleportation, it is quite stimulating to re-visit Tim’s vision and the semantic web; it’s impact to communications; scientific publications overall. What are your thoughts around the web, its impact to society, and the semantic web goals?