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Despite recent initiatives such as Data.gov, the idea of a machine-readable Web extolled by World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee still faces many obstacles, he admitted during a talk at the International Semantic Web Conference , held this week in Chantilly, Va. Formats found on Data.gov, such as spreadsheets or even application programming interfaces, don't do enough to help the reusability of data, he said. Neither are there enough commercial products available to make Web site transitions to the new semantic Web formats easy.

"When you look at putting government data on the Web, one of the concerns is … to not just put it out there on Excel files on Data.gov," he said. "You should put these things in" the Resource Description Framework.

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Elsewhere at the conference, some researchers from the Rensselaer Polytech Institute demonstrated how they re-rendered all the data from the Data.gov Web sites into RDF. Their work was partially funded by grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.

"Our goal is to make the whole thing shareable and replicable for others to re-use," said project researcher Li Ding.

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