"Five years ago I dedicated an issue of Standards Today (then
called the Consortium Standards Bulletin) to the future of the
Semantic Web. The centerpiece was a very detailed interview (over
5,700 words) with the inventor of both the Web and the Semantic
Web, Tim Berners-Lee.
"That issue had two foci: the importance of Berners-Lee's vision
of the Semantic Web becoming a reality, and the very substantial
impediments to that happening. In my interview, I returned again
and again to the latter issue.
"What were those impediments? Back in June of 2005, simply
understanding what the Semantic Web was all about was a real
problem; proponents found it hard to articulate its operations and
uses in a way that people could get their minds around. More
seriously, though, was the amount of effort that implementing the
W3C's core Semantic Web standards would take, conjoined with the
absence of clear examples of what kind of rewards would follow for
those that took up this burden. In effect, there was not only a
chicken and egg issue, but an absence of people interested in
buying either the bird or the egg."
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