Re: Sauterne was: Re: XML/RDF
Dare Obasanjo wrote: > Anyone who thought about the claims that XML would revolutionize search engines for more than 10 minutes would have realized how unjustified those claims were. The MetaCrap essay is an excellent summary of the exactly why such thinking was folly. If there is anything to learn from that undelivered promise it isn't your points (1) and (2) below but that technological solutions that depend significantly on [excessive] human intervention to create automated processes are doomed to failure. > > One end of the spectrum is the package tracking system used by UPS which although significantly dependent on human intervention to work (packages must be scanned at every stop) do not alter the shipping process significantly since package handlers merely have to scan the boxes they are moving. The other end of the spectrum are things like RDF and the "semantic search engine markup" which require significantly altering application processes while needing agreement from dozens of distinct entities even after making these alterations. No doubt that is true, but imagine if a single company, say GE or GM were to declare: Any vendor who wishes to sell *any* parts to [GE] must declare its intention by submitting a URI to the following location ... The URI will be dereferenced with the following header: Accept: application/rdf+xml; application/owl+xml the document returned must describe the intended part(s) the vendor wished to sell. The bid will get faster/better attention if it uses terms from the following vocabulary/ontology ... Now say that is the start of a Google for the SW. I am not saying that this actually _will_ work, just that it _might_ work, and there are a few [large] companies willing to invest substantial resources into looking at this and developing it further. Jonathan
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