This morning I did a presentation on the Semantic Web for my fellow User Experience colleagues. I’m really pleased with how it went. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to frame this issue from the perspective of User Experience Design and I think I succeed in getting some people intrigued. Hopefully this will be the start of a long discussion on how to begin creating elegant, effective user-centered applications of semantic technologies.

Tom Coates is doing a talk on Designing for a Web of Data at dconstruct. I wish I could go, because we all need more thoughtful discussions about practice in this area and I think Coates has a great point of view for this kind of thing. Unfortunately, the conference is already sold out (plus, it’s in Brighton, UK). Hopefully, as his thought evolves on this subject, Tom will continue to speak and write about these emerging design challenges, and I’ll get to hear him another time.

Also, as I was preparing for this presentation, I read and skimmed a lot of blogs, articles, and other musings about Semantic Web (or semantic web, or even semantic Web, if you prefer). I thought I’d share some of them, starting with:

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