The Web has had a huge impact on how we exchange and access information. W3C is the leading standards development organisation for Web technology standards, and has hosted community development of standards for both the Web of pages for use by people, and the Web of data for use by services.
This report covers a study of W3C practices and tooling for Web data standardisation. A lengthy questionnaire was used to solicit input from a wide range of stakeholders. The feedback will be used as a starting point for making W3C a more effective, more welcoming and sustainable venue for communities seeking to develop Web data standards and exploit them to create value added services.
The report starts with an introduction to the Web of data and W3C’s standardisation activities. This is followed by a look at the design of the questionnaire and the feedback obtained for each of its sections. After this comes a section on the challenges for measuring the popularity of standards, the need to support the communities that develop and use them, and how to gather feedback that can be used to improve standards and identify gaps where new standards are needed. The report closes with a look at the potential of multidisciplinary approaches including AI, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science to transform the process of creating standards, and to evolve the Semantic Web into the Cognitive Web.
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