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RE: [xml-dev] The Semantic Web: An Introduction
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: James Strachan <email@example.com>,"Sean B. Palmer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 10:29:08 -0500
One can inquire as to the usefulness. A static
system of relationships (eg, what some topic
map systems provide) is essentially an inverted
index: useful for navigation given some topical
criteria, but not as good for relationship discovery,
data mining etc, at least innately. An inference
engine based analysis should enable one to better
analyse content given sound assertions. I think
that is what the SW is about: the ability to
do machine reasoning and get faster and more
precise results over the ability to assemble
a topic list then drill. I would expect an
RDF-enabled system to provide a shorter list
and perhaps a better set of seeAlsos. I would
expect it to do better forecasting, project
alternatives, create scenarios, task lists,
and so forth.
A topic map expert should comment.
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From: James Strachan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I guess I've never truly grokked RDF, probably as I don't actively use
inference engines. Do other people use RDF other than for inference engines?
Agreed. It might be useful to be able to make assertions about arbitrary XML
Schema documents in an RDF-like way (in a seperate document) and then apply
them to XML instance documents.