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Arguing Semantics

The Net cook is brewing up a new Web. Are you ready for a taste test?

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If the current Web is a marinara, then the Semantic Web is a much richer cream sauce. Don't worry if you haven't heard of it yet; you're about to get a crash course. To start, combine a serving of data integration, a heap of developing technology and a helping of philosophy for flavor. Mix well. The future of the Web is starting to look very tasty.

This probably makes you wonder, "Just what is the Semantic Web?" That's the same question we asked Eric Miller, Semantic Web Activity Lead for the Web standards body World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). "The Semantic Web is an extension of the current Web," says Miller. "The specific focus of this is to provide a means where information is given a well-defined meaning, better enabling machines to process, manipulate and integrate this information into additional services so that humans can better take advantage of these things."

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