Exploring the semantic web

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Just wanted to post a quick note relaying an excellent blog post I came across yesterday by Alex Iskold of ReadWriteWebSemantic Web Patterns: A Guide to Semantic Technologies.

The Semantic Web
The Semantic Web (wordle by Jim Stauffer)

We've already been employing semantic markup such as the hCard and hCalendar microformats for several recent projects, so this is especially relevant to our business. The addition of semantic information to web documents is an important evolution of how meta-information is both stored and accessed on the Web; it's looming large as a major trend for 2008, especially considering Yahoo!'s recent announcement of support for indexing of semantic markup.

Yesterday, Yahoo! Europe pushed out 26.5 million microformats in the hListing classified ad listing format, which is a major step in the process. In his article, Alex explores much of the hype and fuss behind the semantic Web, and how it will be important to everyone in the near future.

It's definitely worth a read.

This post is a slightly revised version of one originally published on the Habañero Consulting Group blog. Image courtesy of Chris Jobling on Flickr (wordled by Jim Stauffer.)

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