RE: Ontolgies, Mappings and Transformations (was RE: Web Servi
> -----Original Message----- > From: Michael Champion [mailto:michaelc.champion@g...] > Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 4:07 PM > To: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re: Web Services/SOA (was RE: > XML 2004 weblog items?) > > Data exchange requires hard > work, and at best technology automates the grunt work, e.g. > as XML removes the necessity of defining YACC grammars and > writing parsers for every random data format need. Maybe > semantic technologies will automate the process of building > or configuring transformers between diverse data formats, but > they will create a new type of grunt work - building > ontologies that define the mappings that automated > transformation engines can exploit. One of the things I've found interesting about discussions with the RDF/Semantic Web crowd is that many of them fail to see that moving to ontologies and the like basically is swapping one mapping mechanism (e.g. transformations using XSLT or regular code in your favorite OOP language) for another (e.g. creating ontolgies using technologies like OWL or DAML+OIL). At the end of the day one still has to transform format X to format Y to make sense of it whether this mapping is done with XSLT or with OWL is to me incidental. However the Semantic Web related mapping technologies don't allow for the kind of complex and messy mappings that occur in the real world. -- PITHY WORDS OF WISDOM Anyone who doesn't think there is two sides to an argument is probably involved in one. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
PURCHASE STYLUS STUDIO ONLINE TODAY!
Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!
Download The World's Best XML IDE!
Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!
Subscribe in XML format