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Monday, April 9, 2007

RAISING THE WEB QUESTION
Semantic, Release #s, or What...?

Many in the Web community say the Semantic Web shouldn't be called Web 3.0, as though it is somehow a progression from the sites and tools known collectively as Web 2.0.

Work on the Semantic Web was well under way years before Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, coined the Web 2.0 moniker. Indeed, the Web is evolving gradually, and it's a mistake to assign it release numbers like those attached to software, critics say.

Describing the Semantic Web as Web 3.0 is especially irksome to those who consider the Web 2.0 designation more marketing ploy than useful description of a generation of Web sites.

Others feel that Web 3.0 might be a useful way of talking about the future Web, but there's no agreement on what Web 3.0 will mean. Will it refer to the third decade of the Web, post-2010, or will it signal a time when systems are so intelligent that the Web will be qualitatively different?

Read the full BusinessWeek article here.

An interview with Tim Berners-Lee is here.