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Semantic web

The semantic web is a visionary project for organizing content on the web in a way that is more meaningful and easier to access. Some people consider it the next generation of the web or "Web 3.0." (See also Web 2.0?.)

MultiLingual defines it as "An extension of the worldwide web that provides a common framework allowing data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise and community boundaries."

Wikipedia has a long article on the subject that begins with this explanation: "The semantic web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not only in natural language, but also in a form that can be understood, interpreted and used by software agents, thus permitting them to find, share and integrate information more easily. It derives from W3C director Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange.
"At its core, the semantic web comprises a philosophy, a set of design principles, collaborative working groups, and a variety of enabling technologies. Some elements of the semantic web are expressed as prospective future possibilities that have yet to be implemented or realized."

References

MultiLingual. 2007. "Glossary." 2007 Resource Directory. http://www.multilingual.com/resourceDirectory/

Wikipedia, "Semantic Web," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_web