The Semantic Web is an idea of World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee that the Web as a whole can be made more intelligent and perhaps even intuitive about how to serve a user's needs. Berners-Lee observes that although search engines index much of the Web's content, they have little ability to select the pages that a user really wants or needs. He foresees a number of ways in which developers and authors, singly or in collaborations, can use self-descriptions and other techniques so that context-understanding programs can selectively find what users want.
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The Semantic Annotations for Web Services Description Language (SAWSDL) Working Group at W3C is in charge of defining the specifications for the Semantic Web.
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- Tim Berners-Lee was interviewed by the International Herald Tribune about the Semantic Web and "Web 3.0.'