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» Nova Spivack's Metaweb from Unbound Spiral
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» MetabWeb -> SW + SN from HOLLOBLOG (별주부뎐)
Nova Spivack의 "Metaweb" 그래프. 한쪽의 축을 Semantic Web 기술을 염두에 둔 Information connectivity 발전으로 설정하고, 다른 하나의 축은 Social Network 기술을 염두에 두고 social connectivity 발전으로 가정한 후, Semantic Web과 Social Network 기술이 합쳐... [Read More]

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Nice! When do yo expect the age of Semantic Web to begin?


Wow you guys are blowing me away with the metaweb. It's the first time I've ever heard of it and this really has my interest!

Nova Spivack

I think the age of the Semantic Web will begin in about 5 years. In the meantime the Metaweb will grow and will gradually evolve into a full Semantic Web

Doug Long

Addition to last comment:

Note to self:
"DOH! Didn't you see the *vast* number of links on the right?"

And from my mom:
"Say thank you to the nice man"

Doug Long

A good piece for someone like myself who is medium-familiar with blogs and RSS.

But you lost me on the sematic web / ontologies portion. Would you consider clarifying that element - say, with an example or link to more data perhaps?


Nova Spivack

Good point; I've modified the wording to "a little more than 10 years after the Web began"



Michael Bauser

"just ten years after the web began"?

Tim Berners-Lee created HTML, wrote the first browser, and set up a server back in 1990.

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