The W3C (http://www.w3.org/) defines the Semantic Web as an evolving development of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content.
Tim Berners-Lee("Inventor of the web") coined the term Semantic Web back in 1999.
Today it is frequently referred to as Linked Data "the Semantic Web done right" - http://linkeddata.org/
My suggestion is that CIO/OFT could recommend or even establish best practices that would encourage a concerted effort to learn about and actively pursue innovative ideas in how to implement and leverage linked data across all New York State managed web sites.
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