4 Popular Fallacies about the Semantic Web

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4 Popular Fallacies about the Semantic Web

  1. 1. Four popular fallacies about the Semantic Web
  2. 2. 2 First: clear up some popular misunderstandings False statement No : “Semantic Web people try to enforce meaning from the top” They only “enforce” a language. They don’t enforce what is said in that language Compare: HTML “enforced” from the top, But content is entirely free.
  3. 3. 3 First: clear up some popular misunderstandings False statement No : “The Semantic Web people will require everybody to subscribe to a single predefined "meaning" for the terms we use.” Of course, meaning is fluid, contextual, etc. Lot’s of work on (semi)-automatically bridging between different vocabularies.
  4. 4. 4 First: clear up some popular misunderstandings False statement No : “The Semantic Web will require users to understand the complicated details of formalised knowledge representation.” All of this is “under the hood”.
  5. 5. 5 First: clear up some popular misunderstandings False statement No : “The Semantic Web people will require us to manually markup all the existing web-pages.” Lots of work on automatically producing semantic markup: named-entity recognition, concept extraction, etc.

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