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   RE: [xml-dev] The perils of P18S (was Re: [xml-dev] Why RDF is ha rd )

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There is a lot to be said for toys.    People dismiss such in the
pursuit of the next killer business app that will make them heroically
wealthy, but fun little one offs that do something neat and get a laugh
or provoke a thought also move an industry.   The hula hoop didn't
last long but it went ballistic. :-)    One can do some neat things
with small coherent and easily aggregated metadata if they can
think out-of-the-data and into a visualization of what some one
person can make of it.    Right now, RDF/SemWeb is still hung
up in the early phase of getting the core technology smooth.  So
too much attention is on the tools and not the products.  This too
shall pass.   Think about XML five years ago; no one was touting
web services; they were trying to figure out the DOM, SAX, etc.
Now we take those for granted and agonized over the chasms
between web services and web architecture.   This too shall pass.
-----Original Message-----
From: Danny Ayers [mailto:danny666@virgilio.it]
Heh - I'm afraid you're probably right there. I do however think that the technologies can make it easier to develop quite a range of apps that are mostly-dedicated but have a layer of interop above syntax (so e.g. a media player could use the MusicBrainz kb). 
, as long as the data and those hypotheses are expressed in a machine-understandable fashion. Let's get the machines doing the work for a change.


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