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   Re: [xml-dev] Semantic Web permathread, iteration n+1 (was Re:[xml-dev]

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At 8:21 PM +0200 6/3/04, J.Pietschmann wrote:

>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.

In the words of Clara Peller, "Show me the beef." I keep hearing 
people say things like "semi-automated mapping of data fields from 
several interface
  standards onto DB fields" but I don't know what that means or why I 
should care. More importantly, I can't find anyone actually doing 
using semantic web technologies to solve problems. It's sort of like 
cattle mutilations: you hear all these stories about surgically 
precise organ extraction, but every single time you actually drive 
your pickup out in the field and look at a mutilated cow, it's a very 
non-precise coyote attack. Well, every time I drive my pickup over to 
a semantic web success story what I find is XML and custom code, with 
little if any RDF or OWL. Certainly that's what I kept hearing at WWW 
2004 in every semantic web case study. If there are real success 
stories here, then shouldn't someone be able to demonstrate one?


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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