The push for the next wave of the semantic web seems to be gaining momentum, and with the launch of Mozila’s Firefox3 the importance of good metadata for digital asset structures become paramont, coupled with strong ontologies, robust vocabularies etc. So, can DAM pull itself out of the shadow of content management and come into its own for the enterprise and beyond?
The concept of the Semantic Web is moving from the lab to the mainstream and Mozilla is doing its part to push it along.
The Semantic Web is a lofty idea intended to help connect sources of information and make sense of them. But how do you actually access the Semantic Web?If the Semantic Web turns out to be anything like the Web we all know and use today, then the gateway to the Semantic Web will be the trusty Web browser.
At present, Mozilla may be leading the major browser vendors in bringing semantics to everyday Web browsing, courtesy of tools built into its upcoming Firefox 3 Web browser that. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) may not be far behind, however.
Both browsers are working to include some measure of support for microformats — a simple means of categorizing Web content as metadata.
“Firefox 3’s microformats API (define) and support for detecting different types of content inside of RSS feeds (define) are both important steps in the direction of creating a Semantic Web browser,” Alex Faaborg, Mozilla’s user experience designer, told InternetNews.com.
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