Dare Obasanjo wrote: > >... > > PS: It saddens me that intelligent people are wasting cycles > pontificating on the pie in the sky that is the semantic > too-fantastic-to-ever-be-real web instead of applying themselves to > solve problems that exist today in ways that benefit the average user > and the average developer. I don't know who this was directed at, because I am not a semantic web guru, but rather just a lowly XML developer. Nevertheless, here's what I know about the SemWeb: * intelligent people believe it can work * many people tell me that they are *already* using RDF and topic maps to solve real business problems * if you strip away all of the pie in the sky stuff, RDF is a serialization format for strongly typed information graphs -- that seems useful to me. * the Web was pie-in-the-sky and too-fantastic-to-ever-be-real in its day Given these facts, I have recently tended to give the SemWeb the benefit of the doubt. It is probably in the same state SGML was before XML. It needs a simplification and some killer apps. Nevertheless, one does not need it to justify a URI-centric view of the Internet information space. On the other hand, I also gave SOAP the benefit of the doubt for many months until I dug into the specification and was presented with an alternative. ;) Paul Prescod
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