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How do you see something like Google Base fitting into this approach?
Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> *Semantic Web for the Masses, by the Masses*
> * Roger L. Costello*
> 1. To enriched the Web with semantics will require everyone pitch in to
> add descriptions (semantics) to individual Web documents.
> 1.1 Semantics will not be added by semantic gurus, but, rather, by the
> common users.
> Example: A person (a common user) takes a JPG photo of
> a coastline, and then annotates it with this description:
> "This is a picture of the New England coastline."
> 2. The barrier to entry must be low. That is, the barrier to a common
> user adding a description (i.e., semantics) to a Web document must be low.
> 2.1 Complex ontology languages such as RDF and OWL are out of reach for
> all but the semantic gurus, and are thus not used. Even "vanilla XML"
> is out of reach for the common user, and is thus not used.
> 2.2 A Web document is enriched with semantics by the common user simply
> writing a description, in a natural language such as English (see
> above for an example of a description).
> 3. The semantic web must be self-regulating.
> 3.1 A description that is written by one common user may be edited by
> another common user. Presumably the later common user has more
> knowledge and is thus able to correct or add to the description.
> Example. A second person with further information edits the above
> "This is a picture of the New England coastline, near
> the Boston harbor."
> 3.2 Common users regulate themselves - they ensure that all descriptions
> of a Web document are consistent.
> 4. The tool used by the common user to annotate a Web document with a
> description (semantics) must be lightweight.
> 4.1 A simple text box with a basic editor and versioning will suffice.
> 5. Advanced semantic machine processing are services provided by a
> limited set of companies which employ Ph.D semantic gurus.
> 5.1 Company XYZ is one of those limited set of companies. It employs
> Ph.D semantic gurus. They write advanced code to process all the
> descriptions written by the common users. They use RDF and OWL, if they
> Comments? /Roger