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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: [namespaceDocument-8] 14 Theses

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On 2002-02-21 10:37, "ext Ronald Bourret" <rpbourret@rpbourret.com> wrote:

> Patrick Stickler wrote:

>> Nevertheless, as I stated above, a namespace URI is a convenient
>> point of intersection for referring to and describing such
>> related resources, and a namespace document could be a reasonable
>> interim solution for providing access to such knowledge.
> Exactly. If you view RDDL as a pragmatic way of letting humans access
> resources at design time, it works. If you view it as a way help you
> process documents at run time, it doesn't.

Well, it could...

I tried to propose to the TAG a two-phase migration to a semantic
web solution to all of this, by making namespace documents RDF instances
(or RDDL instances with embedded RDF) which simply expressed knowledge
about whatever resources might be relevant, and of interest to anyone
dealing with any resource related to that namespace, and allowing
that knowledge to be retrievable by namespace URI.

Applications would then get used to dealing with such rich metadata
descriptions of resources and their relations, purposes, etc.

Later, when we have DDDS and SW solutions more mature and broadly
deployed, applications will be able to access that knowledge more
directly, without need for the interim, stop-gap namespace document

And applications wouldn't change in how they interacted with such
knowledge, only with how they obtained it.

It didn't seem to recieve much notice, though...

(perhaps it was because it had "semantic web" and "RDF" in it ;-)


Patrick Stickler              Phone: +358 50 483 9453
Senior Research Scientist     Fax:   +358 7180 35409
Nokia Research Center         Email: patrick.stickler@nokia.com


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