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   RE: [xml-dev] Semantic Web for the Masses, by the Masses

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So, are we moving to a web of formally defined ontologies 
and bottom up ontologies being integrated dynamically?


I think yes and it may exhibit 
behaviors similar to the ecosystems of outlying regions 
intereacting with highly organized systems such as 
farmland (colloquially, 'country' in the Southern US) 
to suburb to city to city center.  Note the power and 
authority/organization and distributed resources paradigm.

There is no great undifferentiated "they".  Just clusters 
of services with differentiated resources to be applied to tasks.  The 
interactions of the formally defined ontologies and the 
dynamically or bottom-up ontologies created by folksonomies 
and the mediated systems such as Google Base should be an 
interesting process to watch.

Yes, Bryan, an ecosystem, but that is a pretty worn out 
metaphor today from the perspective of an old speaker.


and an earlier paper


Relationships among ecosystem members have strong and 
weak qualities.  One can think of 'force vectors' if 
that is a useful model.  We may want to improve the 
ecosystem metaphor.



That's enough to push this discussion into a fun place.



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