Re: A bit of bomb throwing....

From: Zack Rosen <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 22:19:15 -0800

> I learned the hard way that debating about technologies, operating
> systems, text editors, programming languages, XML schemas and RDF
> ontologies doesn't pay off. Why? because it's deeply subjective
> and, mostly, irrational.

I too agree that debating about names and technology flavors is quite
pointless :) this was definitely not my intention.

> If what the semantic web researching community creates doesn't work
> for you, well, just use something else :-)
> For me, personally, the semantic web is just a catchy but a little
> bit tacky name.
> What *I* like about it is that I finally have a way to encode
> graphs that doesn't suck and therefore a general purpose data
> description language that is not just a syntax (as XML) but also a
> model.
> And it's easily mixable.
> Ergo, I can take your data and mix it with mine and mix it with
> some other, stir it with some general purpose tool (browser,
> visualizer, clusterer, inferencer, ruler, whatever...) and find out
> something that wasn't easy to see there before.
> World-Wide Web of Data, Global Data Warehousing... call it as you
> wish, but there is nothing really semantic about what we are doing
> here, it's just a catchy term (and source of a lot of problems, IMO).
> If you care about that problem space, jump on board, it will be fun.
> If not, you won't find anything exiting around here, and that's
> totally fine too :-)

I care deeply about the problem space. The issue is that it is
simply too costly to 'jump on board' at the moment and I don't see
that changing any time soon. Consider me an overly eager early
adopter. I represent a number of organizations with reasonable
development budgets that would be incredibly well served by semantic
technologies but the tools are simply out of reach. Why is this?

Received on Sat Jan 14 2006 - 06:19:00 EST

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