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Yahoo is going to adopt some of the key standards of the “semantic web” in order to improve the search experience for its users, reports the BBC.
The technology is widely seen as the next step for the world wide web and it involves a much richer understanding of the masses of data placed online.
Andy Powell Pete Johnston makes some additional observations on his blog entry:
It is worth bearing in mind the note of caution from Paul Miller that such an approach brings with it the challenges of dealing with malicious or mischievous attempts to spam rankings, and as I think Micah Dubinko’s post makes clear, this is not going to be an aggregator of all the RDF data on the Web.
Wikipedia on the semantic web.
Edit: Corrected who wrote the blog entry on eFoundations.
Today sees the launch of Wikia Search.
Wikia is a new search engine and unlike the closed Google system, the results are “created” by a community of users.
Wikia’s search engine concept is that of trusted user feedback from a community of users acting together in an open, transparent, public way. Of course, before we start, we have no user feedback data. So the results are pretty bad. But we expect them to improve rapidly in coming weeks, so please bookmark the site and return often.
As Wikia comes from Jimmy Wales (one of the names behind Wikipedia) you will have an understanding of the philosophy behind this new search engine.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out.