Confluence Retirement

Due to the feedback from stakeholders and our commitment to not adversely impact USGS science activities that Confluence supports, we are extending the migration deadline to January 2023.

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is targeted for retirement. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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Data Web vs. Document Web

Document Web (Past → Current State of the Web)

  • Linking documents
  • Standard used: HTML
  • Based on the URL
  • Example: WikiPedia

Data Web (Current → Future State of the Web)

  • Linking Data
  • Standard used: RDF
  • Based on the URI
  • Example: DBPedia (open linked data source)

Moving towards the "Data Web" will happen through semantic web standards and technologies. 

Semantic Web Lectures

Tim Berners-Lee
Jim Hendler, RPI

"Why the Semantic Web will never work"
(Slides attached below)

Rules for Publishing Data


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PDF File The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data (JISC-CETIS Briefing Paper).pdf Useful pointers Aug 30, 2011 by Govoni, David L.
PDF File A Framework for Web Science.pdf Berners-Lee, T., et al., 2006. Foundations and Trends in Web Science 1 (1): 1–130 Aug 30, 2011 by Govoni, David L.
JPEG File JimHendlerThumb.jpg Sep 03, 2011 by Govoni, David L.
PDF File eswc2011_hendler_work_01.pdf Slides for "Why the Semantic Web will never work", Jim Hendler, Grigoris Antoniou ( Sep 03, 2011 by Govoni, David L.