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   Re: [xml-dev] Roger Costello: My Version of "Why use OWL?"

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> [Roger L. Costello]
> > The point that I was trying to make in my paper was:
> >
> >    Should the semantic definition (2.1) be:
> >         (a) hardcoded and buried within each application,
> >    or, should it be:
> >         (b) declaratively stated in a separate document,
> >           using a standard, well-defined vocabulary (i.e., OWL).
> >
> > I argued for the later, (b).
> >
> I think that Walter's point could be boiled down to this (not really meaning
> to speak for him so I hope I am not taking his name in vain!) -
> There may not be "the" semantic definition, but rather many that are not
> fully congruent.  No matter what semantic classification you set up, some
> application might know better for its purposes.  Therefore, make sure to
> leave enough info in the document that such an application would be able to
> do its job.
> Well, even if that is not what Walter would say, I think there is a lot in
> it.  OTOH, both sides can coexist - why not?

Whether or not this is what Walter meant, I agree with it wholeheartedly.  Any 
annotation system, including RDF is but one tool in the toolbox, and not a 
panacea.  It's also, more apropos, one configuration in the kaleidoscope and 
not the entire Jacobean product.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
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Introducing N-Triples - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-thi
Use internal references in XML vocabularies - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerw
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