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May 31, 2011

Evolution Towards Web 3.0: The Semantic Web

On April 21, 2011, I had the pleasure of speaking to Professor Stuart Madnick's "Evolution Towards Web 3.0" class at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The topic of the lecture was—unsurprisingly—the Semantic Web. I had a great time putting together the material and discussing it with the students, who seemed to be very engaged in the topic. It was a less technical audience then I often speak with, and so I tried to focus on some of the motivating trends, use cases, and challenges involved with Semantic Web technologies and the vision of the Semantic Web.

I've now placed the presentation online. It's broken down into three basic parts:

  • What about the development of the Web and enterprise IT motivates the Semantic Web?
  • How is it being used today?
  • What are some of the challenges facing the Semantic Web, both on the World Wide Web and within enterprises?

I found the last of the three sections particularly interesting, and I hope you do too.

The presentation has speaker's notes along with them that add significant commentary to the slides. You can view them by clicking on the "Speaker Notes" tab below the slides. Please let me know what you think: Evolution Towards Web 3.0: The Semantic Web.