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Who first coined the term "semantic web?"

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Who first coined the term "semantic web?"


(a) Larry Page

(b) Tim Berners-Lee

(c) Sergey Brin

(d) Jerry Yang


(b) Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee first coined the term "Semantic Web"

The term "Semantic Web" was coined by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the W3C, which oversees the development of Semantic Web standards. He defines the Semantic Web as "a web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines."

"The Semantic Web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation."

“A new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers will unleash a revolution of new possibilities.”

“The Semantic Web will enable machines to comprehend semantic documents and data, not human speech and writings.”

“The explicit representation of the semantics of data, accompanied with domain theories (that is, ontologies ), will enable a Web that provides a qualitatively new level of service.”

The Semantic Web is a collaborative effort led by then World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to provide a framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. 



1. Library of Congress, "Semantic Web and Linked Data Quiz,"  (accessed February 11, 2020).

2. Library of Congress, "The Semantic Web and Linked Data Concepts: A Basic Overview," (accessed February 11, 2020).

3. Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila, "The Semantic Web", Scientific American, May 2001, p. 29-37.

4. W3C. What is the Semantic Web? Downloaded February 12, 2014 from 


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