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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> I've been thinking more about the semantic web myself. I still suspect
> it's mostly hype, but I'm beginning to see some potential uses.
Well, I'm with Clay Shirky that the semantic web is still a bit
far away for the general public, but there are definitively
interesting use cases within organizations. Think of support
for semi-automated mapping of data fields from several interface
standards onto DB fields. Of course you still need to put a lot
of manual labour into refining the ontologies and possibly custom
enhancements for the inference engine, but even a 70% correct
generated mapping or impact analysis saves already a lot of work.
Heck, it's already somewhat useful for documenting the equivalences
and differences of specialized terms used in different departments
of the organization.