The Semantic Web is a set of technologies for presenting structured information on the web. The basic idea is that if the sorts of web pages you see nowadays are like text files, then the semantic web (or Semantic Web) is like an interconnected set of relational databases.

There are more grandiose ways of expressing this, which are worth reading.

The technologies that enable the semantic web are being specified and standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium. The primary technology is RDF, which is a model for representing structured data. There are six main specifications:

Any structured data model worth its salt has a nice expressive way of defining its ontology. RDF Schema is built into RDF, but there's an important application/extension of RDF called OWL (for Web Ontology Language) which is more expressive than RDF Schema. OWL has its own set of six specifications:

-- David Goss-Grubbs - 28 Oct 2004

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