Motivations: Why we need to improve the Semantic Web

David Karger: How the Semantic Web Can Help End Users

MIT AI researcher David Karger gave the keynote at this year’s European Semantic Web Conference, and has posted his slides as well as a summary of his talk on the MIT Haystack blog. He’s an expert on the topic, and does a much better job than I could of explaining the value of flexible and extensible data representation. I hope to distill some of the writing of Karger and others and post it here over the summer, but for now, if you’re not sure what advantage these technologies have over traditional databases and ad-hoc formats, or you think there’s no more useful work to be done on them, have a look at the presentation.

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