Strange Loop

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2021


Union Station


St. Louis, MO

The Semantic Web: Hot or Not?

What the hell is the Semantic Web and why have we been talking about it for 16 years?

 Is it A.I.? Is it Web 3.0? Is it exciting and imminent or can you continue to ignore it?

 Tim Berners-Lee initiated the development of the most amazing information exchange platform we could have imagined and it has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Interestingly, the Web we know is only a fraction of what he intended. He has since been championing extensions to this platform (part of the original vision!) to improve the machine processability of the Web. We are seeing the emergence of not just a Web of Documents, but a Web of Data too. As we watch it unfold, there is every reason to believe it will have an even bigger impact on our worlds, how we communicate and how we share information.

 That's at least the story. What is the truth?

 We are seeing rapid development and adoption of these Semantic Web technologies in both public and private ways. The truth is it is mostly very hot, it will change everything and you should absolutely care. I will tell you why.

Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten