The coming Semantic web - Here comes Web 3.0

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 2, 2007 - 17:40

 My colleague Allan Cho and I recently wrote an article called The Semantic Web as a large, searchable catalogue: a librarian’s perspective in which we explore our ideas about Web 3.0, also known as the Semantic Web.

In general, the Web is not unlike print libraries before Melvil Dewey introduced his classification system, and those parallels are worth exploring. Check out the OCLC and its work in developing Semantic Web technologies. We suggest that the techniques of bibliographic control apply to the coming Semantic Web.


Computer scientists and engineers created Web 1.0 and 2.0 but professionals in the library science and information science field can play a prominent role in Web 3.0. Although we are still coming to grips with the implications of Web 2.0, we are in a liminal stage. Folksonomies, social tagging, wikis, blogs, podcasts, mashups are building blocks for the coming Semantic web.

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