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Chapter 1

The Semantic Way

A path to becoming more perceptive, intelligent and collaborative

Semantics is the study of meaning.

Semantics organizes data into well-defined categories with clearly defined relationships. Classifying information in this way enables humans and machines to read, understand and infer knowledge based on its classification.

Semantic technologies represent knowledge in a way that both people and computers can understand.

Semantic technologies represent knowledge in a way that both people and computers can understand. They enable better access to accurate, timely and abundant information and the ability to easily structure the information into the logical and creative thought processes that drive intelligent activity.

Semantic technology will create incremental value by making us more perceptive, intelligent and collaborative learners. The knowledge modeling capabilities of semantic technology will encourage us to create abstract models out of our ideas, run simulations to evaluate and improve them and then implement the new models faster. This will enable us to solve problems faster, implement new ideas more effectively and innovate more often. We will become more perceptive in anticipating and responding to change and managing it successfully.

The intelligence-building properties of a semantic model will help us become smarter. Intelligent agents driven by semantic models will help us search, find and analyze vast information resources, including structured and unstructured data in private and public data repositories.

The more a semantic model is used, the smarter it gets.

They generate relevant and timely information that we can use to solve complex problems, communicate more effectively and create novel solutions. Semantic technology facilitates a computer's ability to learn from past cases, new information and user interaction. The more a semantic model is used, the smarter it gets. The smarter it gets, the more people want to use it. It becomes a self-improving system encouraging collaboration and learning and helping us become smarter over time.

Semantic technologies help us create symbiotic relationships with everyone who shares the system. It realizes the value of social networking by making it easy to share information and build on each other's knowledge. It helps us evolve towards more collaborative and democratic use of resources and power.