Friday, October 18, 2013

Semantic Web and Social Web: Similarities and Differences !

Though semantic web and relational ontology has become a theoretical discussion among many pioneers of world wide web, it is yet to receive wider traction among the industrial use cases of internet. Yet the concept remains widely discussed in the academic circles and the research groups of enterprises focusing on online data distribution and search engines. However, semantic web as a paradigm has some differences from a social web where we can collaborate better and more meaningful.

Semantic web need to go way beyond the constructs and ambitions of autonomic computing if it should become a gateway to web socialization. Internet  should evolve to be more open web where we can create meanings and relationships within first degree of separation itself. I believe it is still very much skewed by the way search engines, resource identifiers, memory allocation architectures, data storage, binary approximation algorithms etc.

Social web is a world where society weaves a web of information around their social relationships and social use cases. It stems from the real web of information. Semantic web will be a subset of social web in this sense. If semantic web is dealing with information enterprise, social web is dealing with collaboration circles.Machines can become self aware and understand what is the cognizance of information that they process. But in social web, socialization will be the first phase and then semantic relationships will emerge. web sociology will depend on the the social coefficient that exist in various degrees of separation and the order of 'connectedness' in each collaboration circles.

The business dynamics of web sociology will depend on the market dynamics of software engineering economy as well. We cannot think of semantic or social web isolating it from the market ecosystem or software economic premises. In terms of social activities, what all are happening in web?

  • Collaboration
  • Conversation
  • Construction
  • Deconstruction
  • Inspired connectivity
  • Virtual sensitivity
  • Cognitive mind mapping
  • Symbolic learning
  • Forgetting and temporary memory
  • Recognition
  • De-cognition
  • Identification
  • Crowd behavior
  • Media affinity
  • Informed passivity
  • Social solitude
  • Virtual sentiments 

This list goes on. Web sociology will need to come up with new frameworks where all these activities need to be aligned in the sociological perspective. Thus semantic web can generated meaningful association between machines and men. Semantic web can definitely write and read relationships with human beings. Socialization is something beyond communication. It is always an attempt to represent the social self and personal self to a wider audience. Only social web can aggregate and spread more meaningfulness, relationships and cognition in the collaboration circles.