Digital Directions: The Semantic Web
What Currently Exists
Was Berners-Lee wrong about the Semantic Web? To begin to answer that, we can first examine what methods have evolved to manage and extract value from the content on the Web.
• Search Engines: Search engines, principally Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Live Search, are the primary means for exploring content on the Web. A search engine’s results are semantically “fuzzy” or imprecise, because a search engine indexes words and not their meanings: “apple” will return search results with both fruit and computers. Inexact or not, search engines provide tremendous value and, for many, structure the Web experience.