ARCHIVED: It's All Semantic: Business Week Article Provides a Peek of What's to Come at Annual Meeting

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March 14, 2002

Read all about one of the premier topics at the 2002 AALL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in a recent issue of a popular financial magazine. The March 4 edition of Business Week features an article about the Semantic Web, a revolutionary tool for electronic information access -- and the subject of Plenary Session III at the Annual Meeting.

The article, titled "The Next Web," describes why the Semantic Web is a software innovation that will surpass and eventually replace the World Wide Web. Currently in development, the Semantic Web is a network that understands human languages and makes computers virtually as easy to work with as other humans. Users would no longer have to wade through screens of extraneous data. Computers would be able to dispatch software messengers that would explore thousands of Web sites and logically sift out only relevant data.

On July 23 during the Annual Meeting, Plenary Session III will examine how the Semantic Web technology will specifically affect law libraries. Dr. Eric Miller, the activity lead for the Semantic Web Initiative funded by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), will discuss the architectural and technical design and evolution of this next-generation software.

Before joining the W3C, Miller was a senior research scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and co-founder and associate director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. He holds a research scientist appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science.

Plenary Session III is sponsored by BNA, Inc.

For more information about Plenary Session III, please visit