Yikes! Just opened up Sean Palmer’s paper from week 4 of the #LAK12 mooc and almost backed straight out again! I tried really hard to read the paper, but really it’s written in fairly heavy technical speak, even if there is an admirable attempt to define key terms and give examples for illustration purposes.
What it did tell me is that it’s apparently no easy task to get everything that we publish on the web into a common language and format that can be easily standardised to enable optimal sharing. After that, it all got kinda heavy and I skimmed through the rest pretending that I was reading and nodding in a knowledgeable way to myself.
The author does talk at about the 2/3 mark about ‘a movement to bring the power of the Semantic Web to the people’. I can only outwardly applaud that sentiment and hope that the power also includes an ability to develop multilingual skills.