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Semantic Web Programming by Mike Dean, Andrew Perez-Lopez, Ryan Blace, Matthew Fisher, John Hebeler

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Chapter 15. Moving Forward

"When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened."

John M. Richardson, Jr.

This chapter exposes several representative advancements and extensions within the Semantic Web community. Clearly, the Semantic Web is active and growing in many directions—a healthy sign. In addition, the scale and scope of the Semantic Web itself and its supporting information base have opened up new challenges in harnessing the vastness of so much information from so many sources.

We explore these advancements not just by explanation but also, where possible, through working code examples and illustrations. You're encouraged to download and explore these approaches to gain hands-on confidence for future possibilities and direction. In many cases, these advancements strike at core challenges innate to large-scale, dynamic information exploitation—an area made possible only relatively recently by the vastness caused on one end by terabyte drives and on the other by the immensity of the Internet itself.

Virginia Tech has a nice slogan: "We invent the Future." In many ways this applies to the Semantic Web. The potential reach and expressive power of the Semantic Web offer entirely new opportunities to use and explore information. Traditional information applications are limited by both scope and expressivity. Traditional applications can neither tap into the enormity nor fully express ...

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