I am surprised: In the last weeks surfing the Web citations of Semantic Web appeared more frequently than ever, the topic becomes more and more popular. Wrong or right, a certain proof is in the recent publication of this book:
Jeffrey T. Pollock, Semantic Web For Dummies, Wiley, 2009. ISBN: 0-470-39679-2
Looking into the (near) future of Web 3.0 with J.T. Pollock:
“The single largest feature of this future utopia (Semantic Web) that’s different than today is this: Every source of data, every master software system and application, and every platform integration and database provide an interface to its data and business rules in an RDF (Resource Description Framework)–compatible graph data language. When this ubiquity of Web-addressable graph data is achieved, you’ll see a dramatic and sustainable cost reduction around data sharing.
RDF will do for data what the Web did for documents. Do you remember what computing was like before the Web? Do you remember how you found documents before the search engine? Do you remember what it cost to share documents before the Internet? Those are the days that gray-haired IT guys and pencil-sharpening finance gals would like to forget.” (p.52).