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- From: Uche Ogbuji <email@example.com>
- To: Jonathan Borden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 23:22:01 -0700 (MST)
> >Topic Maps state
> > which sets of resources share a single characteristic. They also has the
> > advantage of being able to characterize characteristics (using scopes and
> > associations).
> Again the RDF concept which is equivalent to a 'set of resources' is a
> collection. Think of RDF as an assembly language for higher level constructs
Euge! Bravissimo! This, I think nails it. "RDF is as an assembly
language for higher-level constructs". I have never seen RDF as
limited to the processing model directly suggested by the M&S spec. I am
used to building higher-level constructs on RDF. I've pretty much spent
Y2K doing this (as, judging from my observations, you have as well).
That's why I think a lot of the RDF vs. XTM fuss seems to be based on
incomplete understanding of either technology.
> > Both RDF and Topic Maps have the same weakness: They are only as good as
> > semantics they are based on. Neither provides a standardized mechanism for
> > recording the meaning of the characteristic
> Such a mechanism for recording the meaning of characteristics is termed
> an "ontology". This is one of the primary benefits of RDF, RDF Schemas being
> fundamentally a language for creating ontologies. DAML-ONT is an extension
> of RDFS. A list of such ontologies is available at:
Hmm. I'm not sure I buy this. I see RDF Schemas as no more than an arc
constraint mechanism. I don;t think this is quite enough to create
an "ontoloty". Of course I know that ontologoes can be built upon RDF,
but I think it requires _much_ more specialized processing layered on top
of RDF and RDF Schemas.
Maybe this doen't contradict what you say...
Uche Ogbuji Principal Consultant
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