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   Re: [xml-dev] SemWeb again

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Mike Champion scripsit:

> OK, I'll take the flames on this :~) but I'm pretty sure this is the
> "conventional wisdom" and not some idiosyncratic position of mine.
> I consider myself a friendly skeptic, I'd be happy to be convinced that
> something like RDDL+RDF or some RDF version of a well-accepted controlled
> vocabulary (e.g. SNOMED in the medical field) adds real value over what
> we can do without it.

No flame here.  But you could ask our customers who are paying a 10%
premium for XHTML news with RDF-format SNOMED, vs. those who just get
the XHTML, whether *they* consider it worthwhile.  I grant that this
is not really a proper comparison, as I doubt whether any of them are
using general RDF tools.  But it really didn't cost us anything extra
to make our metadata RDF-compliant (the positive side of the very general
RDF syntax rules).

John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>     http://www.reutershealth.com
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen,    http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith.  --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


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