RE: "XML is just syntax" versus "Use semantic markup" ( Is thi
I don't think there is a single "base map" either, Steve. The analogy of a geo-physical map may be stretching. A base map is the fundamental "on which primary data and interpretations can be plotted". It is the map required for locating any features on that map. There may be others but having one makes it possible to share locations reliably even if the interpretation of some resource at that location is disputable. In this metaphor, my guess is it is the lattice itself, but you'd have to ask John about that. After changing jobs, I did not re-subscribe to Sowa's mail list. I miss conversations with the man and his following. They were always illuminating. I'm not surprised at how many conversations I read these days that start out with 'First we must situate this x before we move on. For the sake of this conversation, do we agree this set of terms can be mapped to this context' and off they go. One of the good changes wrought in markup is general acceptance that there can be multiple schemas per document/instance, although the chasm at the slash may not be well understood (instance presumes class; document/message doesn't). len From: Steve Newcomb [mailto:srn@c...] I think we're not understanding each other, Len. I guess I didn't understand your note. Maybe you're talking about a community's process of authoring a map, thinking that there has to be a starting point for such a process: a "base map". I wasn't talking about that; my mistake. I was talking about the importance of making the information of a given community (or individual) accessible to other communities and individuals, in terms that are different from the terms of the originating community. I meant to say that, although despair about this possibility seems popular, it is not really warranted. True, such accessibility requires the commitment of *human* effort, and such efforts are not nearly as cheap as Google's machine cycles, but there's no technical reason why the fruits of such efforts can't be easily re-used and re-exploited indefinitely, nor why technology can't be used to make such re-exploitation much cheaper than re-developing equivalent information in different terms would be. (Note: not dirt cheap, and not 100% automatic, but much cheaper, anyway.) Even without cheap re-usability, the returns on mapping investments can be reasonable and attractive, as librarians and indexers have been demonstrating for many years. Still, I think my comment is at least a little bit relevant, because of the problem of coming up with a base map in the first place. It could be advantageous to start with somebody else's map. it. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.
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