At the beginning of the year, one author predicted that 2012 would be the year of the semantic web. At the half-way point, he is revisiting that prediction to see where it stands now.

This topic was inspired by an article on The Huffington Post titled, “2012: The Year of the Semantic Web — Revisited!” The Semantic Web was initially envisioned in a 2001 article in Scientific American. It is now defined by a set of standards maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Events suggest this is the year that semantic technologies become mainstream. Some of those telltale signs include a semantic technology based offering from Google, several acquisitions of semantic technology companies, and let’s not forget the activity around semantic technology standards.

Melody K. Smith

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