Semantic Web - 10 Years of Achievement
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  Phil Archer   Phil Archer
Data Activity Lead


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
08:30 AM - 09:15 AM

Level:  All - General Audience

A suite of specifications reached W3C Recommendation status in February this year. As well as updating the 2004 specifications they included – at last – formal standards for:

  • Turtle
  • N-triples
  • N-Quads
  • TriG

Work on JSON-LD had been completed a month earlier.

None of this would have happened without groups of experts dedicating substantial amounts of time to achieve it. What they brought to the table was huge experience of working with Semantic technologies including many notable successes.

It's sometimes said that the Semantic Web has failed. Let's put that nonsense to bed and look at 10 years of success and achievement, recognizing where things could have been done better, and look at how the core ideas of URIs as identifiers and describing the world in graphs are finding relevance in large scale and critical systems.

Phil Archer joined the W3C in February 2009 after representing one of its member organizations. Chair of the POWDER Working Group, whose standards form part of the Semantic Web technology suite, he was also an original member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group and was editor or acknowledged contributor to six of that group's publications. In 2010, he switched focus to eGovernment and open data, in particular on improving interoperability between data sets whilst advocating the principles and return on investment available through the open data movement. In December 2013, he became Data Activity Lead, coordinating W3C's work in the Semantic Web and related technologies. As well as work at the W3C, his career has encompassed broadcasting, teaching, linked data publishing, copy writing, and, perhaps incongruously, countryside conservation. The common thread throughout has been a knack for communication, particularly communicating complex technical ideas to a more general audience.

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