Another step towards the Semantic Web

October 25, 2006

The W3C has announced a step further towards an interoperable semantic web by releasing GRDDL (say Griddle!) or ‘Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages’ a way for software to automatically extract information from structured Web pages to make them part of the Semantic Web.

The great thing about this is that it supports Microformats! Microformats is a development of an active community of web dev gurus who share the goal of sharing data such as calendar information, contact information, and geopositioning information and making it understandable by both human and machine to aid in integration of services and mashups etc. Microformats are ‘Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging)’.

Imagine a day when data is all interusable and web services talk to each other in meaningful ways using similar structured languages that humans (first) and machines can interpret. Sound funky? Well one day that’s the way the web will be if W3C and the likes of Microformat have their way. The possibilities for mashing up different data sources will be endless and much simpler to integrate with each other, powerful data driven applications running on the web will become reality!


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