A common perception is that there are two competing visions for the
future evolution of the Web: the Semantic Web and Web 2.0. A closer
look, though, reveals that the core technologies and concerns of
these two approaches are complementary and that each field can and
must draw from the other’s strengths. We believe that future Web
applications will retain the Web 2.0 focus on community and usability,
while drawing on Semantic Web infrastructure to facilitate mashup-like
information sharing. However, there are several open issues that
must be addressed before such applications can become commonplace.
In this paper, we outline a semantic weblogs scenario that illustrates
the potential for combining Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technologies,
while highlighting the unresolved issues that impede its realization.
Nevertheless, we believe that the scenario can be realized in the
short-term. We point to recent progress made in resolving each of
the issues as well as future research directions for each of the