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Suze said in September 8th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I WANT to have this conversation, Jay! I’m glad to hear other talking about linked data and the semantic web. Have you seen Tim Berners-Lee’s TED talk on linked data?

We spend a lot of time talking about sharing, and building communities, and trust, and relationships, and not nearly enough time talking about the future – which is structured data, and the semantic web. The web is not only linking people, it’s linking information. It’s providing context to the content. Information is the next big thing on the web, after we get over talking about all this social media stuff.

Thanks for starting the conversation. Let’s keep talking.


Jay said in September 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Thanks Suze, actually one of your posts was the inspiration for the last time I talked about this topic ( so I figured you’d be into it! :-) I actually hadn’t seen TBL’s TED talk on this but I’ve certainly read stuff he’s said on this topic in the past but I’ll definitely check that out, thanks!

I think it’s an increasingly important thing to think about as we beyond the fascination of being able to talk to people all over the world… it’s great and wonderful that we can connect with people in Lapland or our favorite grade school bully, but what does it get us? I know the Facebook and other folks are thinking a lot about the ‘social graph,’ who we interact with, as key to our behavior and potential our ability to find useful information and things. But I think that’s only part of the picture. I go back to the idea of social semantics, tying things together through shared interest that might not even be openly expressed. I go back to my neighbors, a completely different group from my friends — my friends are the people I ‘know’, whereas my neighbors are the ones I’ve been grouped with based on similar habits. It’s great to get a recommendation from a friend, but frankly it’s even better to get a recommendation about music from 50 people who like similar music to you. THAT’S just part of the power of semantic organization.

Anyway, yes, there’s still tonnes to think about and talk about with this stuff, for sure!