Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course (Day 3)

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

It’s day three of class!  Let’s begin with an article published in Technology Review. The article focuses on Eric Miller, an MIT-affiliated computer scientist.  Miller was the leading scientist over a group of researchers who worked together on a project in 2002 on the semantic Web.  Here is a quote from the article:

“For the Semantic Web, it was no longer a matter of if but of when,” Miller says. “I felt I could be more useful by helping people get on with it.”  Now, six months after the launch of his own Zepheira, a consulting company that helps businesses link fragmented data sources into easily searched wholes, Miller’s beachside decision seems increasingly prescient. The Semantic Web community’s grandest visions, of data-surfing computer servants that automatically reason their way through problems, have yet to be fulfilled. But the basic technologies that Miller shepherded through research labs and standards committees are joining the everyday Web. They can be found everywhere-on entertainment and travel sites, in business and scientific databases-and are forming the core of what some promoters call a nascent “Web 3.0.”

Here is the link to complete article uploaded to Scribd: A Smarter Web

Part Two

Today’s class continues with a link to Harold Carr’s blog.  Harold Carr is the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun Microsystems – enabling atomic transactions, reliable messaging and security between Java and Windows Communications Foundation.  Harold attended the Semantic Technology Conference which was held on May 18-22 in San Jose.  Harold Posted his notes from the conference.  Harold states,

I took lots of notes which I had hoped to post day-by-day or at least cleanup and post. It’s clear to me now that I’ll never find the time for those activities, so here they are: unedited, unspellchecked and unformatted. I hope you find them useful.

As you can see Eric Miller, the author of the article The Smarter Web, which is posted in part one of today’s class, was the speaker on the second day of the conference.

Part Three

Part three focuses on The 2008 Semantic Technology Conference website.  The reason we are looking at a site from a past conference that has passed is because the site incorporates several interesting semantic tools, such as the faceted search tool. Play around with the site, there is tons of useful information from podcasts, webcasts, and presentation audio and slides to a free Semantic Wave 2008 Report.

Mark your calendars – the 2009 conference is scheduled for June 14-18.

Part Four

Class will conclude with a short 6 minute video, Intro to the Semantic Web.  The video was posted to by: Msporny on YouTube.

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Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course (Day 2)

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Day two of WEB30 consists of an article published in Scientific  The article was written by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila.

In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World-Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory.

Written in 2001, the paper explores the 3rd generation of the Web – Web 3.0.  Topics such as expressing meaning, knowledge representation, and the evolution of knowledge. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Like the Internet, the Semantic Web will be as decentralized as possible,  Such Web-like systems generate a lot of excitement as every level, from major corporation to individual user, and provide benefits that are hard or impossible to predict in advance.

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Next is video in which Tim Berners-Lee discusses the Semantic Web (Web3.0)

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