No time for depth of thought here, just wanted to quickly jot down some current observations and recent links to ideas related to the future of the semantic Web.
- Early January 2008, the annual NAR database issue comes out listing more than 1000 distinct databases in molecular biology.
- Shortly after, Duncan Hull complains that essentially none of the "dark data" residing in these databases will ever be used because of the near complete lack of both syntactic and semantic interoperability between these isolated, decentralized silos.
- I participate in writing up a paper about the Banff Manifesto, which, among other things seeks to improve cross-database interoperability through the introduction of a single, open, centralized, resource for defining public namespaces for use in the construction of unique identifiers.
- I am forwarded a link to a Wired blog post about Google base - Google providing a centralized repository for scientific data.
- the Freebase dev blog quotes an article about Wine tasting websites that indicates that Freebase is an example of the semantic Web (which they also refer to as Web3.0) and that everyone that creates a community-directed database should be using Freebase to do so - because of the dramatic advantages of centralization.
Not as far as I can tell right now.