China leading the way in development of the Semantic Web?

August 16, 2010

Serious Stuff, Steve

As content and data-mining transitions from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, or from Social Media to the Semantic Web, most thought leaders are betting on China as the front-runner in leading this charge. Chine is investing unprecedent amounts in developing ‘the Internet of Things’ and speculators are forcasting that Chongqing will be the next Silicon Valley. With the effects of the recession still biting in Europe and the US, I wouldn’t bet against China taking an unassailable lead in the next generation development of the Web – variously labelled as Web 3.0, Semantic Web or Linked Data. Will this be of ultimate benefit to us all, or just to China? I think I know the answer to that one!

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Social Media’s Transition Into Semantic Web Will Be Led By China

For anyone who thinks China is a superpower in only the political arena, they are missing the larger geopolitical picture. The Internet is the 21st Century’s newest battlefield where countries will fight for dominance over other nations. As content and data-mining transitions from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, or from Social Media to the Semantic Web, most thought leaders are betting on China as the front-runner in leading this charge.

Internet Hegemony

Internet hegemony is being led by the Chinese, followed by the European Union, and then the U.S. While the United States may have dominated Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, according to Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb, “the Chinese government is moving quickly to make China the world leader in the next stage of Web development where semantic technology will focus on the Internet of Things.

Internet of Things, Key Industry for China

In my previous post titled, “China’s ‘Internet Of Things’ To Become Semantic Web Superpower?” I reported that at the recent Internet of Things Expo in Shanghai, Xi Guohua, China’s vice-minister of industry and Wen JiabaoWen Jiabaoinformation technology announced that China is placing a priority on developing a national IoT plan. Florian Michahelles, associate direct or the Auto-ID Labs and an RFID technology expert noted that “the entire hype for the Internet of Things has actually been jump started by the current premier Wen Jiabao mentioning Internet of Things as one of the key industry sectors for China.

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The Power of Google Cannot Deter Chinese Dominance

Eric SchmidtEric SchmidtAs early as October, 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions the shift of dominance from the U.S. to China is happening as we speak. According to Schmidt, he predicts that the Internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content within the next five years. This puts Google at a major disadvantage based on its ongoing scuffles with this Super Power (see my previous post on this issue: “Google Is No Secretary Of State When It Comes To Diplomacy In China“)

According to Martin Jacques, author of “When China Rules the World,” he claims that Google with all of its far-reaching authority and power cannot take on the Chinese government over censorship issues and win. Jacques sees this dynamic as a metaphor of the bigger issue, as Google’s fate is a sign of the world to come, where the entire Internet and world for that matter – will run by the Chinese.

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About Stephen Dale

Stephen is Director and founder of Collabor8now Ltd, (http://collabor8now.com) an organization focussed on developing collaborative environments (e.g. Communities of Practice) and the integration of knowledge management tools and processes to support business improvement. He is a certified knowledge manager with the Knowledge Management Institute (KMI) and the author of several published research papers on collaborative behaviours, knowledge management and information technology.

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