RE: Issues with XML and Semantic Web ?
Even then, looser can be better, at least until the number crunchers get into the act. The act of measurement is the surest expression of a semantic, or something like that. Otherwise, from the geek perspective, looser lasts longer. We can spend enormous amounts of time identifying all of the individually meaningful items, or we can implement two text boxes labeled Request and Response and get on with business. This of course, negates traceability. So when building an enterprise app, it can be useful to have a 50k foot view of the end-to-end lifecycle of all of the documents and the items they control. Really precise data items make it harder than it has to be if the systems act mainly as transport/storage, not an interpreter. If the human is interpreting and taking all of the critical actions, labeled textboxes do just as well. The fear and loathing starts down in the queries and particularly any place the system is performing hidden calculations. Cacheing and naming never get easier. len -----Original Message----- From: Michael Champion [mailto:michaelc.champion@g...] Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 2:10 PM I was going to say something similar, but from the enterprise integration context: It's great if you can get an ontology that describes the implicit semantics in a bunch of applications and databases by relating them back to the actual business functions they serve. BUT it is highly unlikely, in my experience anyway, that the ontology will remain the master "contract". Instead, the apps and DBs and business processes will evolve, as they always do, and IF &deity; smiles on us the ontology will be kept in synch. &deity; is, however, a capricious god :-) and seldom smiles on the geeks trying to make life difficult for the people who are doing what they have to do to make the numbers this quarter or whatever.
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