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Semantics-Empowered Social Computing

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The sheer scope of user-generated content (UGC) requires a level of organization in order to take advantage of the vast corpus of information and construct applications that enhance user experiences, write Amit Sheth and Meenakshi Nagarajan of Wright State University. A point of intersection between the social Web and the Semantic Web holds great potential, as it would ease the searching, integration, and exploitation of data surrounding objects. The automatic creation of accurate markups or annotations from UGC to common referenced models presents a key challenge faced by Web 3.0 applications. Sheth and Nagarajan expect the importance of the role ontologies and knowledge bases play in the generation of markups to expand. "Annotating UGC with common reference models will undoubtedly improve applications tasked with presenting a holistic view of all information available to a user," the authors write. They say that one of the most intriguing aspects of the social Web is the linkage of people not only through social connections, but through pieces of information. "Tapping this machine-accessible people-content network and its associated social and situational contexts empowers a new breed of personalized socially aware systems," Sheth and Nagarajan conclude.

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