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Wikimania 2007 Taipei :: a Globe in Accord

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The Semantic Web and why Wikipedia should bother

Author Jakob Voss (Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.)
Track Technical Infrastructure
License GNU Free Documentation License (details)
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Jakob Voss
Jakob Voss

Jakob Voss (or Jakob Voß with German glyph ß) discovered Wikipedia in August 2002 and is active especially in German Wikipedia since then. In 2004 he participated in founding Wikimedia Germany which and he was member of the board until 2007. In 2005 and 2007 he was member of programme committee of Wikimania. After study of computer science, library science, and philosophy at Humboldt University, Berlin until 2006 he now works at the library service center of the Common Library Network (GBV) in Göttingen.

Jakob published a couple of papers and presentations in Wikipedia research, Social Software, and Web 2.0. Part of his research activity is the Wiki Research Bibliography and the weblog on Wiki research. His main Weblog is http://jakoblog.de (in German). His nickname on some Wikis and IRC is nichtich.

More and more information on Wikipedia is provided in a formalized way so it can automatically be extracted and reused in the emerging Semantic Web. Actually Wikipedia is even likely to become one of its foundation pillars. Current applications and opportunities of this developement will be shown. But the Semantic Web is also a challenge for Wikipedia authors because machines are unlikely to understand and respect one of the fundamental principles of Wikipedia: The Neutral Point of View.
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