Today I stumbled across a 14 minute documentary from student Kate Ray (see below) on ‘the Semantic Web’. In the documentary a interesting set of specialists are interviewed on this topic and it gives a good overview of its meaning and necessity.
I also noticed that most specialists concentrated on relationships. I believe this to be a result of scientific and mathematic ‘old school’ thinking. Relationships are easy; you can define them relatively simple and they fit in the world of ‘yes/no’, ‘on/off’ or ‘0/1’ thinkers.
I believe the Semantic Webs is more about context and not just about relationships. One could argue that context is just a bunch of relationships, but I feel it is more than that. Relationships are a defined set of properties; context is about a set of properties that can be discovered – they are fractal (or even better ‘pi’) in nature – the more you look at it, the more information you get. Similar to a starry sky in the middle of the desert on a dark night.
I also think the relationships are defined and the context can be imagined.
So, anyway, the documentary is embedded here for your viewing pleasure. Let me know your thoughts on this.