What is the Semantic Web?
Web searches to date has been based on syntactical code, which is the “nearest fit” between the queried keyword and stored data. The evolutionary turning point for the Semantic Web is the shift towards semantic code which incorporates “reasoning using probability and causality…and the relationships between statements, concepts, or propositions, and the rules of inference” (Dowd 2008).
The promised Web 3.0 has taken longer than anticipated because of the complexity of semantic-coded markup language, but it is progressing at the global level through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that is coordinated by Berners-Lee and Jeffrey Jaffe. They report regularly on progress and issues, and also play an educative role in explaining the new web as it rolls out. When it does, we will have arrived at the era of unsurpassed connectedness, not only between humans across the globe, but between humans and their physical environment.