Natural language user interfaces are becoming more and more popular. Creations like Siri promise to improve every facet of our lives from emergency situations to shopping. The semantic web has birthed this phenomenally successful technology. Through the use of standardized tags and formats, the semantic web builds a framework where content on the web has machine-understandable meaning. This takes it many steps past simply being searchable by keyword.
This interesting topic was inspired by GiaOM’s article, “Why Nuance sees the semantic web as a key to smarter natural language interfaces.” The word semantic is defined as having meaning, so the semantic web has content with meaning, i.e. tags, metadata, etc. Semantic metadata makes findability possible – the key to sharing content. Sharing does make the world go around, and that’s not just in kindergarten.
Melody K. Smith
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