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Re: Issues with XML and Semantic Web ?


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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