Semantic web disease? Not so sure.

Timboy paints a pessimistic outlook for the semantic web, coining the term semantic web disease. I am not convinced. While I see the potential myths of the Semantic Web promise, and the perspective Timboy is highlighting, I am optimistic: judging among other things by the heavily publicized experimenting on-going around the self-healing properties of collaborative systems like Wikipedia, I think there is hope. While not directly relevant to the Semantic Web itself, Wikipedia shows that trust can be built in large scale voluntary systems. In the case of structured information, if there is a lot to be gained (in terms of processing automation) from attaching the correct meaning and meta-information to data, there is a good chance for shared meaning to converge instead of diverge.

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