What is the Semantic Web?
The word semantic stands for the meaning of.
The semantic of something is the meaning of something.
The Semantic Web = a Web with a meaning.
The Semantic Web is a web that is able to describe things in a way that computers can understand.
• The Beatles was a popular band from Liverpool.
• John Lennon was a member of the Beatles.
• "Hey Jude" was recorded by the Beatles.
Sentences like the ones above can be understood by people. But how can they be understood by computers?
Statements are built with syntax rules. The syntax of a language defines the rules for building the language statements. But how can syntax become semantic?
This is what the Semantic Web is all about. Describing things in a way that computers applications can understand it.
The Semantic Web is not about links between web pages.
The Semantic Web describes the relationships between things (like A is a part of B and Y is a member of Z) and the properties of things (like size, weight, age, and price)
"If HTML and the Web made all the online documents look like one huge book, RDF, schema, and inference languages will make all the data in the world look like one huge database"
Tim Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web, 1999.
Does this make sense to you?
I attended a conference recenty concentrating on SEO and effective website management to ensure both the user and search engine get what they need leading to improved SERP's (Search Engine Results Pages) and enquries. Semantic website design and build was a subject discussed for over an hour and was just a drop in the ocean.
Luckily the team at Gravitywell stay up to date with changes and latest techniques which allows us to think about this for our clients.
With that in mind let us help you move your website project forward, we can often save lots of time and give both search engines and users what they need.
Drop me a line if you want to know more or if you have any comments or questions on 0845 308 8 309 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time....