Title: Eight steps towards the socialisation of the Semantic Web

Authors: Jorge Morato; Anabel Fraga; Yorgos Andreadakis; Sonia Sanchez-Cuadrado

Addresses: Computer Science Department, Carlos III University, Av. Universidad, 30 Leganes, Madrid, Spain ' Computer Science Department, Carlos III University, Av. Universidad, 30 Leganes, Madrid, Spain ' Computer Science Department, Carlos III University, Av. Universidad, 30 Leganes, Madrid, Spain ' Computer Science Department, Carlos III University, Av. Universidad, 30 Leganes, Madrid, Spain

Abstract: The web presents an autonomous evolution that could be optimised having moved towards a more formalised semantic. Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web are approaches that target the improvement of the web through mechanisms for sharing information and resources. This document argues that Web 2.0 is not an immature stage of the Semantic Web but an orthogonal dimension of another web aspect, the semantic. Unfortunately, both dimensions are not independent; the more developed a semantic representation of a system is, for being more useful for the Semantic Web, the more distant it is to the Web 2.0. A semantic system highly formalised is less intuitive and less usable for users. The different possible evolutions are: the convergence of both webs, their coexistence and the autonomous evolution of the social web towards other semantic solutions. In order to enable a real Social Semantic Web, eight proposals are sited and discussed.

Keywords: Web 2.0; semantic web; socio-semantic web; web evolution; knowledge management; folksonomies; ontologies; usability; user interfaces; interaction design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSHC.2012.053160

International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, 2012 Vol.1 No.4, pp.347 - 362

Available online: 07 Apr 2013 *

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