Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: No. 1 Structured Information on the Internet

Original author: ReadWriteWeb
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Tim Berners-Lee in February this year, said that the Internet is becoming more information and we are now using the Internet full of information rather than documents and files as they once were. Led by Tim Berners-Lee, the W3C supports two key initiatives that help make the Internet more informative: the Semantic Web and the recent Linked Data .

One way or another, over the past few years we have seen several interesting examples of how to structure the data and provide the opportunity for everyone to use it. The best example at the moment is Twitter, whose API is responsible for 90% of the service’s activity, thanks to third-party applications.

The basic principle of the Internet of informationformulated by Alex Iskold has not changed: “Unstructured information will be structured and this will open the way for a more intelligent use of the Internet.

Example # 1 OpenCalais

image Our first example is probably the best representative of Linked Data (a type of structured information supported by W3C). Thomson Reuters, the international business and financial news giant, launched an API called OpenCalais in February 2008, OpenCalais converts an unstructured HTML document into semantically marked one, organizing information by groups: people, places, companies and others. Thus, third-party applications and websites can use the processed information, creating new interesting services.

To better understand what Linked Data is, read the article by Alexander Korth: The Web of Data: Creating Machine-Accessible Information published in April, I also explained the benefits of Linked Data in a May post, Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care.

Example No. 2 Google Rich Snippets

In May of this year, Google added the Rich Snippets function to the search engine, this function extracts and displays useful information from websites using open standards for structured information, such as microformats and RDFa. By launching this feature Google encouraged developersLabel them with HTML code. The spread of this technology will take time, but the fact that large companies such as Google are starting to participate in this testifies to the growing importance of structured information on the Internet.
Meanwhile, other large companies are also moving in this direction, especially Yahoo , which was the first to do so.

Example 3 Wolfram Alpha

image Since the crazy launch of the project, shrouded in all sorts of rumors, we have closely watched this innovative product . he describes himself as: “I am a computational knowledge engine”, although it’s not Google’s killer, as many have predicted, the service has many potential users who will like it.

Wolfram Alpha's interface resembles that of a poskovik, you also type a query in the input line. But the main thing is the use of information and calculations that can be made with information. If Web 2.0 is the creation of information by users, then the next generation of the Internet will be based on the use of this information.

Conclusion The

three examples cited show that structured information is fast becoming a part of the Internet today. Google, Thomson Reuters and many others are already using or developing methods and tools for structuring information, and new types of products (such as Wolfram Alpha) will use structured information in a way that we cannot even imagine now.

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