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The Future of Big Data

The semantic web, or web 3.0, is often referred to as the next phase of the Internet. Led by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the ambition is to transform the current web of unstructured and semistructured data into a “web of data.” According to W3C, the semantic web will make it easier to share and reuse data across application, community, and enterprise boundaries.

In 1998, the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, already called the semantic web “a web of data, in some ways like a global database.”1 This database will be comprised of all unstructured, semistructured, and structured data currently online but still residing in silos. In that same white paper, Berners-Lee described the rationale for developing the ...

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