What is Sematic Web and Linked Data?


Semantic-aware applications infer the meaning, or semantics, of information on the Internet using metadata to make connections and provide answers that would otherwise be elusive or altogether invisible. In the library world, a similar sharing of metadata has been accomplished for nearly 50 years using the machine-readable cataloging format. However, there is a trend toward connecting the metadata found in library catalog and museum collection systems with the Internet through variations on linked data. Semantic searching is being applied to scientific inquiries, allowing researchers to find relevant information without having to deal with apparently similar, but irrelevant, information. Semantic applications and linked data have the potential to be immensely powerful educational resources that enable students, researchers, and museum visitors to more effectively sift, query, and gather relevant information.

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