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20th Anniversary of the Web: Congratulations!

Monique MorrowDid 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.balloonsTim’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?

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  1. Here’s the primary source of info, more reliable than Wikipedia, about the Semantic WebW3C Semantic Webhttp://www.w3.org/2001/sw/

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  2. The Semantic Web is the next big advance in the cyber world. The web enabled a ‘borg-like’ shared consciousness for its users; but unlike
    esistence is futile,”” it’s an opt-in experience, from instance to instance. Furthermore, we decide our own way of using, being present, on the web. Google is working on vertical search and proximal search which will help us to concentrate as well as broaden our web experience. Intelligent agents in the semantic web will GREATLY increase our ability to manage our experiences (plural). Imagine, instead of having to maintain one type of content on Facebook (social), another on Linkedin (business) and a third, fourth and fifth on each of my blogs; plus on the intranet, on email… intelligent agents can help me aggregate or separate those types of content!I strongly believe that the semantic web is a great opportunity for network vendors like Cisco. Its effective implementation requires definitions, assignment of meanings, catagorization and relating… a vast amount of data. The ability to manage and deliver those chunks in the best relevance is a key differentiator. A really pervasive, efficient, intelligent network would be the right solution.”

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  3. (Sorry to add so many separate comments; maybe the moderator would combine this one with the short one with the W3C web site?)The W3C web site is very, very information-rich, so let me point out some ‘access points’ for Semantic Web Newbies and general audiences:The FAQhttp://www.w3.org/2001/sw/SW-FAQRecent interviews with Tim Berners-Lee (too bad hyperlinks not supported in this comment box). Scroll down on the pagehttp://www.w3.org/2001/sw/ * “What is the future of the internet”, BBC Radio 4 Interview (9 July 2008). * “Sir Tim Berners-Lee Talks About the Semantic Web”, Transcript of the Podcast Interview with Paul Miller (February 2008); the sound version can also be accessed on-line. * The Semantic Web in Action, by Lee Feigenbaum, Ivan Herman, Tonya Hongsermeier, Eric Neumann, and Susie Stephens, Scientific American, 297(6), pp. 90-97, (December 2007). * Interview with Tim Berners-Lee, Business Week, April 2007. * Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web, Video on MIT Technology Review, March 2007 (the video of the interview can also be accessed). * The Semantic Web Revisited, by Nigel Shadbolt, Tim Berners-Lee and Wendy Hall, IEEE Intelligent Systems 21(3) pp. 96-101, May/June 2006. * Le Web Sémantique: un interview avec Ivan Herman , by Xavier Borderie at Journal du Net, développeurs, June 2006. (Interview in French.) * The Semantic Web, Scientific American, May 2001, Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila.There are many, many special interest groups all over the world, dealing with different aspects from software programming to social implications. Lurk on a social group or follow blogs — whichever aspect you want to know, there is someone following it and providing information.

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  4. (Sorry about spamming this blog, but I am very enthusiastic about the semantic web. Promise, this is the last comment from me.)In December 2007, Scientific American published a nice, 7-page article The Semantic Web in Action”” with first class authors (Lee Feigenbaum) as well as very short case studies of real companies that have implemented commercial applications. Too bad that article is not generally available. Here’s an exerpt relating to how Oracle is using it to analyze blogs:””BLOG ANALYZER””Oracle Technology Network has demonstrated a Semantic Web site that can analyze blogs, podcasts and discussion groups to find related commentary about specific topics. It also can produce visualizations of its findings, such as tag clouds (below) that show whose blogs are drawing the most traffic (larger names) and bar charts that identify the most concentrated discussions. Project details are available at http://otnsemanticweb.oracle.comAbhinav“””^0^1^^^0^0
    13189^7130^monique morrow^mmorrow@cisco.com^http://www.cisco.com^128.107.248.220^2009-03-24 18:44:00^2009-03-24 18:44:00^Maria,So cool!! I am excited about the semantic web also and what Cisco can do with it — as you very aptly point out.THANKS!!!^0^1^^^0^0
    13190^7130^monique morrow^mmorrow@cisco.com^http://www.cisco.com^128.107.248.220^2009-03-24 18:48:40^2009-03-24 18:48:40^Maria,Indeed the W3C site is indeed the best source for technical work associated with the semantic web.Many thanks for the reference!Monique^0^1^^^0^0
    13191^7130^monique morrow^mmorrow@cisco.com^http://www.cisco.com^128.107.248.220^2009-03-24 18:50:45^2009-03-24 18:50:45^Maria,No spam at all – this is a topic that you are passionate about and I really appreciate your responses!!Keep these coming — do not stop.Thanks again for Scientific American reference.Best/Monique^0^1^^^0^0
    13192^7130^Maria Tseng^maria.tseng@gmail.com^http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariatseng^98.234.184.46^2009-03-24 19:13:09^2009-03-24 19:13:09^”Thanks Monique for saying my comments are not spam. Here’s more:Cisco’s SP customers have posted case studies and use cases on the W3C web page. Here are the 4 results when filtered by elecom.”” http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/sweo/public/UseCases/You can use the filters (right side) for IT, etc. Most are for drug discovery because those are already very large and well annotated databases.I really will stop commenting now. Thanks for letting me share these information sources.”

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  5. Monique Morrow

    Wow Maria- Many thanks for the posted case studies!!!!DO NOT STOP!Warmest regards,Monique

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  6. Oh, you very briefly mentioned collaboration platforms, but did not mention Cisco’s newest: WebEx. How’s it ‘enterprise-zation’ going? The first big release was supposed to be around now.David H. Deans of Cisco’s sponsored public blog, Business Technology Roundtable, has an article about WebEx as a managed service. Maybe it would be good to cross-reference relevant Cisco blogs?

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  7. The W3C site links to a text-only version of the 2007 Scientific American article which is a good backgrounder:http://thefigtrees.net/lee/sw/sciam/semantic-web-in-actionReturning to the subject of Monique’s blogpost, the future of the www, Scientific American has a 2:31 min video interviewing 3 ‘experts,’ from Reuters, Wired and I forgot who the third guy is:http://www.sciam.com/video.cfm?id=16513997001Takeaways:- www will be accessible from more devices- less reliance on advertising (I have found some excellent blog posts that analyze content monetization models such as sponsored and ‘freemiums.’ Advertising is the largest segment but is only 35% of total)- web access will be the biggest differentiator, referring to the digital divide, surpassing critia like poverty

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  8. Monique Morrow

    Maria,Great video and very very interesting discussion around content monetization models –Uhmm p-r-v-o-c-o-t-i-v-e!Best/Monique

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  9. Monique Morrow

    Indeed wrt collaboration, webex indeed! Check out:http://blogs.cisco.com/tag/webexBest always,Monique

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