Re: Issues with XML and Semantic Web ?
> Do the best you can but no one > can make time or meaning stand still. YMMV. Sure they can, in the form of contracts. Essentially that is what OWL is for right-- a contract about the nature/meaning of a particular piece of information? Sure, those considerations will change over time but that is what versioning is for? Semantic drift is to be expected, and I'll grant that it is a problem but that doesn't mean it makes the whole process useless. I know that the fidelity of an MP3 recorded from a CD and an old cassette are two wildly different things. I know that converting the MP3 to another format and back will likely involve some loss-- but it doesn't mean that the information is useless, I just have to approach soberly. Code lists are great, shared code lists are more great-- but for each level you go out you have to keep in mind that there will be some lossiness. Fine. Still, sign me up-- if I have a program that can auto map 1800 out of 2000 fields reliably, I'll use it. Cheers, Jeff Rafter
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