Is the Geospatial Semantic Web Part of an Inevitable Future?

At the beginning of the month I attended a talk given by Jean Brodeur on the geospatial semantic web and LinkedGeoData. This is a topic we sporadicly mentioned since 2006 (at least). Here's previous entries that may provide some context: (1) The Geospatial Semantic Web Presented, (2) Geospatial Terms, Vocabularies and Ontologies, and (3) – Adding a Spatial Dimension to the Web of Data.

Jean's excellent presentation made me wonder if the geospatial semantic web is part of an inevitable future or not. What are your thoughts? Are the potential benefits and incentives of providing geospatial data in 'semantic web-friendly' formats (e.g. RDF, microformats) enough? Will the geospatial semantic web be used only by some big authoritative sources of geospatial data (such as governments)? I can't stop thinking about geospatial metadata, or even documentation in general, which are rarely a top priority. What's different with the geospatial semantic web that people will actually do the extra work (as little as it can be) to provide the data in RDF? Any comments? Thanks!

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  1. From what I have seen over the years concerning filling out metadata on just about anything is the hope that it will all eventually be automated. As you said, metadata is rarely anyone's priority and it is often wrong or inaccurate.

    As a simple example, if we look at the metadata being captured when a photopragh is taken on a smart phone that device at the least knows the author, date & time, location, orientation, and who knows what else. Just imagine how quickly technology will take humans completely out of the loop. In all sincerity we don't want people in the loop of capturing or adding metadata and they don't want to there either.