The semantic Web has not reached blockbuster status, but it still has champions in the Apache Software Foundation and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). W3C will co-chair an industry track at the 11th Annual International Semantic Web Conference, and it recently announced that 11 semantic Web specifications had moved closer to standardization.
Apache's Jena project provides tools and libraries to help developers build semantic Web and linked-data applications, tools, and servers. Apache Jena chairman Andy Seaborne says the standard is just reaching the final stages of the W3C process.
The semantic Web "is about enabling search engines to understand the metadata embedded in Web pages, which might describe aspects other than what is marked up for formatting of the Web page," says IDC analyst Al Hilwa. He also notes that "this technology is still maturing and has not gained significant traction yet, though the concept of the semantic Web is increasingly embedded in the tagging present in many Web sites."
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