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11/8/2002 1:17:31 PM, Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net> wrote:

>What do you think the Semantic Web is?

Just to grab the first bit of hyperbole that I came across:

"the Semantic Web will change the way we work. E.g. creating software will be just a matter of finding 
the right components on the Web and a specification document linking to these components. The new 
software is again just a resource available on the Web.

Indeed, we have the technology available for realizing the Semantic Web, we know how to built 
terminologies and how to use metadata.The whole vision depends on agreeing on common standards - 
something that is used and extended everywhere."

quoth http://www.semanticweb.org/introduction.html

> To me, it is just the union of 
>the localized domains with links between them where possible. If there 
>is value in the localized domains, why would the integration of them 
>into a Web of links be problematic?

Nothing that I know of offhand.  Can it cope with inconsistencY
of assertions? Can it actually work without an
"ontology authority" to maintain trust and consistency across domains?
Will the spammers, pornographers, and assorted slimeballs co-opt it
for their purposes?  Can it work well enough to evolve if only partially
implemented (like the Web) or does its value only kick in only when
everyone implements it (see http://www.shirky.com/writings/evolve.html)?

All that remains to be seen.


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