Saturday, February 28, 2009

Solving Problems in Semantic Web

It's been quite sometime since I am hearing about Semantic Web and what it can do. It's been the original idea of the World Wide Waste (WWW) since the day one. But somewhere down the line we seem to have side tracked from our original path. But the question everyone is asking is :
  1. In-spite of spending so much in terms of manpower and research funding why this problem is still a PROBLEM?
  2. Why we are drifting away from the actual problem i.e. the Semantic Web?
  3. How much time it will take before Semantic Web becomes a reality?
The answer is simple because nobody is trying to solve it. We have vendors whose sole purpose is to push and promote their tools and technologies. We have committees that work on the standards but somewhere they get side-tracked. Nobody is working towards the big picture where we can see all the pieces of puzzle fitting together. But everybody is working on small-small pieces and then calling it a step towards the Semantic Web. But that is not the approach that will work in this case. To achieve Semantic Web we need to :
  1. Identify what is needed to make it work. We are better of going away from current format of Web as trying to extract meaning out of Web (today) is like trying to extract water from stones.
  2. Bring a team of experts who then will sit together and get their heads aligned in one common direction.
  3. Build teams that work towards solution aligned with the top-level goal.
  4. Build the tools and technologies that is solely designed to build the Semantic Web.
  5. Last but not least Start Afresh.
I am sure if we take this approach we will have Semantic Web as a reality not just another science fiction.

Until Next Time....