The Semantic Web: What It Is and What It Could Mean for Teacher Education
Cleborne Maddux, Jenna Reith, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Semantic Web is a proposal by Tim Berners-Lee, the developer of the World Wide Web. The proposal is much-talked-about and little-understood. To succeed, current Web markup, which describes the structure of information, must be supplemented by markup that concentrates on the meaning (semantics) of the information and on relationships among facts and concepts. The purpose of the Semantic Web is to improve three functions: (a) locating information on the Web, (b) integrating data on the Web across applications, and (c) collaborating with others on the Web. This presentation will clarify the nature of the Semantic Web, discuss the chances for its success, present implications for teacher education, and provide references of use to teacher educators and their students.
Maddux, C. & Reith, J. (2008). The Semantic Web: What It Is and What It Could Mean for Teacher Education. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2731-2736). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).