The Semantic Web In Action [Preview]
Corporate applications are well under way, and consumer uses are emerging
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Six years ago in this magazine, Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila unveiled a nascent vision of the Semantic Web: a highly interconnected network of data that could be easily accessed and understood by any desktop or handheld machine. They painted a future of intelligent software agents that would head out on the World Wide Web and automatically book flights and hotels for our trips, update our medical records and give us a single, customized answer to a particular question without our having to search for information or pore through results.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
All five authors have participated in various projects to develop
Semantic Web technologies. Lee Feigenbaum, formerly at IBM, is vice president of technology and standards at Cambridge Semantics, Inc. Ivan Herman leads the Semantic Web Activity initiative at the World Wide Web Consortium. Tonya Hongsermeier is corporate manager of clinical knowledge management and decision support at Partners Healthcare System. Eric Neumann is executive director of Clinical Semantics Group Consulting. Susie Stephens was principal product manager at Oracle Corporation and has recently become principal research scientist at Eli Lilly and Company.