Whatever Happened to the Semantic Web?

In 2001, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, published an article
in Scientific American. Berners-Lee, along with two other researchers, Ora
Lassila and James Hendler, wanted to give the world a preview of the
revolutionary new changes they saw coming to the web. Since its introduction
only a decade before, the web had fast become the world’s best means for
sharing documents with other people. Now, the authors promised, the web would
evolve to encompass not just documents but every kind of data one could
imagine.

They called this new web the Semantic Web. The great promise of the Semantic
Web was that it would be readable not just by humans but also by machines.
Pages on the web would be meaningful to software programs—they would have
semantics—allowing programs to interact with the web the same way that people
do. Programs could exchange data across the Semantic Web without having to be
explicitly engineered to talk to each other. According to


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