Update: Since originally posting this entry, I've added a few more blog posts by authors that are responding to posts listed below.

Recently discussion has erupted on the Web over of what the Semantic Web is and isn't, and if we can even create the Semantic Web. Not that this discussion is new, but of course everyone must be heard. Of the 13 posts I list, some I agree with, but others say things I don't agree with at all.

Here is a list of the discussions going on right now, including a few rebuttals:

I will never support the Semantic Web
By Brian of d'bug.
Some People Will Never Support the Semantic Web
By James Simmons (me). Response to the above post by Brian.
Semantic Web: Difficulties with the Classic Approach
By Alex Iskold of Read/Write Web.
Semantic Web: Difficulties and Opportunities
By Yihong Ding of Thinking Space. Response to the above post by Alex.
Semantic Web Value Proposition
By Kingsley Idehen of OpenLink Software. Response to the above post by Alex.
Semantic Web Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
By Semergence. Response to the above post by Alex.
The web: some antics
By The Economist.
Economist Confused About the Semantic Web?
By Tim O'Reilly. Response to the above post by The Economist.
The Semantic Web, Collective Intelligence and Hyperdata
By Nova Spivack. Response to the above post by Tim.
Web of Linked Data & Hyperdata
By Kingsley Idehen of OpenLink Software. Response to the above post by Nova.
Confused about the Semantic Web
By Danny Ayers.
The Semantic Web Can Be Your Friend
By Brad Feld of Feld Thoughts.
The Semantic Web - is everyone confused?
By Paul Miller of Talis. Response to just about all the previously listed posts.

Each of these posts is worth reading. It's important that we continue to throw ideas back and forth like this. Not only will this inform people about the Semantic Web, but it will help kill off any misinformation that surrounds it. Read up!

About the author

James Simmons

It's my goal to help bring about the Semantic Web. I also like to explore related topics like natural language processing, information retrieval, and web evolution. I'm the primary author of Semantic Focus and I'm currently working on several Semantic Web projects.

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