Inspiration is due to the work of many, including the founders and members of GlobalWisdom, the Global Brain project, and the members of the XML Topic Maps standards body. Similar issues are being explored by Jack Park at http://www.nexist.org and Bootstrap.org.

The CognitiveWeb is based on an expert model of human memory and grew directly from the research of Dr. Lokendra Shastri, Dr. Marvin Cohen, and Bryan Thompson. Much of that research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Navy Research, and the Army Research Institute. There are a series of publications and technical reports available from http://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/~shastri and http://www.cog-tech.com that represent the published history of this research during the 1980’s and 1990s.

At this time, the vision of the CognitiveWeb is being realized through parallel efforts in standards development and technology implementations.