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At 10:33 PM -0400 6/2/04, Michael Champion wrote:
>I do agree with the implication that it will be some stripped-down
>essential subset of the semantic web technologies rather than the
>complete corpus of academese that survives in the real world, even
>the more controlled real world behind enterprise firewalls.
>Unfortunately, I have no idea which subset that will be :-)
I do have an idea what that essential subset will be. The idea may be
wrong, but I do have one.
The essential subset is using standard URIs to identify things:
places, species, people, laws, etc. That seems useful to me. For
instance, imagine a photo gallery that used URIs to identify the
contents of each photo so the images could be searched. And I think
that can be neatly wrapped up in XML+Namespaces.
But that's it. I don't see what RDF brings to the table.
XML+Namespaces+URIs served over HTTP. Why do we need anything more?
Elliotte Rusty Harold
Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)