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   Re: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web

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On Wednesday 13 February 2002 18:06, Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> So going by your example, if I was describing myself on my webpage I'd
> create "libraries" of concepts like Microsoft employee, GA Tech alum,
> XML-DEV subscriber, Slashdot reader, etc and tag my name with these
> relationships?

You'd use an existing 'employee' relationship, which would presumably also be 
a more specific form of 'part of this group', and use it to link yourself to 
whatever Microsoft chooses as their company URI. Et cetera.

> What you have described sounds like a lot of work on the part of the
> document author which may or may not provide benefit for consumers of
> the document and will still be lacking in usefulness in many cases.

Yep. I'm not at all sure if there's enough demand, either. But if everyone 
went to all this effort, you could make a kick ass search engine / browser!

I put in your personal URI and, as well as whatever that URI resolves to if 
it happens to be a URL, it goes and fetches relationships from Google and 
shows me links to things you're related to!

And indirect relations - other things that have the HumanBeing property and 
have more links in common with you than not! Wow! Thrills! Find your dream 

> Dead in the water does not even begin to describe my feelings on the
> semantic web. Thank God for Google.

I wouldn't be that harsh myself... I'd call it a little specialist, however. 
It might take off for academic libraries, for example, where it could 
dramatically ease literature searches. This is a closed system, where funding 
can be obtained to hire loads of undergrads to annotate all incoming papers!

> DISCLAIMER: The above opinion is mine and mine alone. It does not
> reflect the thoughts, wishes, intentions or strategies of my employer.

Thought not :-)

> Thank you.


                               Alaric B. Snell
 http://www.alaric-snell.com/  http://RFC.net/  http://www.warhead.org.uk/
   Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software  


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