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Here are South Carolina’s virtual 3-D government spots that we know of. Know of something that isn’t here? Let us know.

  • South Carolina State Library – Looks like an experimental space so far. Blog Release | No Second Life link found, follow directions in “Blog Release.”


Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense. John Markoff, NY Times, November 12, 2006

As you all know, FGI has been interested in and has tracked on the semantic web for quite some time. We’ve implemented some web2.0 technologies on FGI (see our delicious tags?), but imagine my surprise in coming across this NYT article extolling web3.0(!) aka the semantic web. The money is gradually getting behind the semantic web (witness IBM and Google working on it). It’s coming folks so libraries need to start thinking about it and finding ways to implement those ideas in our bibliographic tools.

From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence.

Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion. That level of artificial intelligence, with machines doing the thinking instead of simply following commands, has eluded researchers for more than half a century.