7 Principles of the Semantic Web
Chances are, you’ve heard about the semantic web once or twice, but you’re not sure what it is or what to do about it.
Today’s tablets and netbooks enable users to transition to something that'll change the way we work entirely — the online semantic data locker. Here, your personal and work information will be in the cloud, and you’ll be able access it from anywhere, anytime and any way you want it. The infrastructure we need to power this online experience is the semantic web, the first new way to use information in more than 4,000 years. Here are seven principles of the semantic web:
● Electronic information will become unambiguous. Another word for semantic is unambiguous. In the semantic web, you declare what you mean in precise, standardized terms. Data that's semantic means exactly the same thing to any system or person who uses it.
● Data will become easily found. Already we're seeing the emergence of the open web, where information lives online and can be found easily. There will be central repositories and hubs that link information together. This is called “linked data in the cloud,” and is the next transformation after services and software go online (see Linked Data). Humans now use 1 percent of all electricity to power data centers; that percentage will quadruple in 10 years.
● Data will be reusable. You'll keep all your data online in semantic formats, using it over and over by pointing to it. Data will become like LEGO building blocks of information that can be combined and recombined to suit each particular task.
● Data will be interoperable. You won’t have to translate from one system to another. Edgar.gov, for example, will soon become a cloud-based hub for XBRL data from companies reporting financial results. Since everyone uses the same standards, all the software will be able to tie in to the original sources of data and use it in the way that’s most meaningful to the subscriber.