A new era on the web?

There has been a lot of hype created around the Wolfram/Alpha search engine – brain-child of Stephen Wolfram, inventor and academic. The promise is that the Wolfram/Alpha search engine will provide answers not just links to articles which might provide answers. Will it work? The site is not generally available but Wolfram did showcase his new baby at Harvard University the other day. The new search engine has been called, predictably enough, a Google-killer and Google does seem to have been rattled enough to release it’s own new approach to structured data to coincide with the briefing.   The verdict, though, was mixed. This, from ZDnet was typical. I do think, however, that we are about to see another lurch forward toward the web of data. Watch this space.

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