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- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Martin Bryan <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 08:59:13 -0600
This is precisely so. This is why the terms
"record of authority", "authoritative source"
and "process ownership" are introduced into these
discussions. Specific classification databases
must be developed and made available as services
by credible authorities who control/own a process
and offer a guarantee over that process by
which the classification is created and to
which all authorities represented as such
attest as having completed in accordance with
the public contract.
This is no different than using
NIST, ISO, United Labs or any other credited
authority as the owner source (creates the
context of authority) for the resource.
Such services can be costed. The reason
for the tremendous effort toward standardization
of the representations made available by
these services is to control cost under
a guarantee of quality of service.
If semantic services are to be used, they
must have a corresponding means to guarantee
and vouchsafe their authority. Otherwise,
the SW becomes snake oil law. It is one
thing to offer a free semantic service;
caveat emptor. A semantic service that is
to be used in formal contracting will more
likely be caveat vendor. You need a means
to create and establish the terms and conditions
of such services.
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From: Martin Bryan [mailto:email@example.com]
What is needed is a standard way of identifying the contexts in which
resources have been created. This is where RDF could help, if it could be
used alongside standardized classification schemes. Rather than being a
general purpose tool that can represent any relational database, it needs,
if the semantic web is to be a usable thing, to become a set of specific
classification databases with recorded meanings that can be referenced by
those seeking to associate meaning with resources. Until this happens the
web will never be a knowledge-base.
Names and/or addresses are not enough to promote understanding.