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Microformats: a Pragmatic Path to the Semantic Web

  • Rohit Khare, CommerceNet Labs, USA
  • Tantek Celik, Technorati, USA

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Microformats are a clever adaptation of semantic XHTML that makes it easier to publish, index, and extract semi-structured information such as tags, calendar entries, contact information, and reviews on the Web. This makes it a pragmatic path towards achieving the vision set forth for the Semantic Web. Even though it sidesteps the existing 'technology stack' of RDF, ontologies, and Artificial Intelligence-inspired processing tools, various microformats have emerged that parallel the goals of several well-known Semantic Web projects. This poster compares their prospects to the Semantic Web according to Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation model.


Khare, R. and Çelik, T. 2006. Microformats: a pragmatic path to the semantic web. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23 - 26, 2006). WWW '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 865-866.
DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1135777.1135917

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