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Canada Cloud 3.0

Canada can lead Cloud-powered Semantic Web

A headline theme for how we will achieve the objectives of this program, to make Canada a global leader in the emergent field of Cloud Computing, is 'Canada 3.0'.

The popular event of the same name sought to position Canada amid the development of the 'web 3.0' phase, the term used to describe how the social media Web 2.0 era will further evolve into the Semantic Web, and where this trend intersects with Cloud Computing is a white hot zone of innovation.

Both are technologies in their infancy that will entirely replace the models for how we use technology as they mature, and critically are so powerful because their combination enables a very compelling, concrete business case as well as representing the cutting edge of technology.

Open source software can be used for Semantic web systems and by operating it on Cloud platforms it enables superior technologies that bring new heightened levels of business model capability, and does so while simultaneously lowering the costs of IT dramatically.

'Open Data' is one feature of the Semantic Web, and so the previous example of how the City of Toronto is pioneering its adoption demonstrates that not only are practical applications possible today, but that Canada is pioneering real leadership in the field.

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