Conclusion

The Introduction to this book is headed by the string of words ‘A manifesto for paradigm shift’, yet the keyword ‘manifesto’ appears nowhere in the text, and ‘paradigm’ only in passing … so we must now justify those first few words.

The World Wide Web has revolutionized the personal and daily intellectual culture of most of the planet’s human inhabitants. It is difficult to imagine that huge collection of linked documents disappearing, unless we develop methods of communication that do not involve the human senses. The Semantic Web is in its infancy, and we must expect a slower pace of construction because the web of (meta)data is controlled by stricter planning rules than the web of documents. It introduces new engineering methods ...

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