The future is about context
The semantic web has been heralded as the wave of the future, but what unique value does it bring?
According to Alisa Leonard-Hansen, while it will take some time before the semantic web fulfills its potential, its value is based in its ability to enable a more meaningful and relevant individual web experience by layering that experience"with contextual social data based on my identity.
"Our online identity." writes Leonard-Hansen, "will increasingly be defined by three 'pillars': who I say I am, what I do and say, and who I connect to (and who connects to me).
To clarify, our online identities are comprised primarily of three specific kinds of data:
- Explicit or prescriptive data (i.e. the data that I input about myself: name, age, occupation, etc.);
- Activity or behavioral data (i.e. what I do and say online);
- Relationship data (i.e. my social graph and what my connections say about me).
The ultimate benefit? "Greater access to information through discovery, communication and collaboration."
Read the article at ReadWriteWeb.com
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