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Not only do wikis embody Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a read-write web, they also represent an ad-hoc form of semantic Web. As my friend Alex Bolboacă helped me realize, the average naturally and implicitly supports a number of semantic relationships among articles:

  1. is_related_to - via ordinary links;
  2. is_child_of / is_parent_of - via categories;
  3. is_synonym_of - via redirects.

In addition, PmWiki supports some unique ways to organize information, namely trails and page lists (among others). That's due to its origins in academia, but even I found uses for these features.

It's worth pointing out that the actual semantic web was largely a failure, for reasons pointed out years ago by very smart people.

Semantic Web criticism

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