Multimedia on the Semantic Web

Jacco van Ossenbruggen, CWI, Amsterdam

MIA soos, 2 March 2001


First generation Web-content encodes information in handwritten (HTML) Web pages. Second generation Web content generates HTML pages on demand, e.g. by filling in templates with content retrieved dynamically from a database or transformation of structured documents using style sheets (e.g. XSLT). Third generation Web pages will make use of rich markup (e.g. XML) along with metadata (e.g. RDF) schemes to make the content not only machine readable but also machine processable --- a necessary pre-requisite to the Semantic Web.

While text-based content on the Web is already rapidly approaching the third generation, multimedia content is still trying to catch up with second generation techniques. In this talk, we first give an overview of the state-of-the-art in Semantic Web technology, focusing on its boundaries with multimedia research. Second, we give an overview of the related requirements and open research questions in the context of our automatic hypermedia presentation environment.

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