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Re: More ESWC 2008 Linked Data Playground

From: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:33:52 -0400
Message-ID: <484D93B0.8010906@alum.mit.edu>
To: public-lod@w3.org

Daniel,

Thank you for your detailed reply! I'm glad there is tremendous progress 
toward a platform for conference metadata. And I applaud such an effort 
and everyone involved.

You said, "a task which requires additional resources is less likely to 
be pursued." May I suggest a different observation: "a task that has no 
immediate, personal benefit, or instant gratification, is less likely to 
be pursued." Whether you add that <link rel="alternate"> makes no 
observable difference to anyone, including yourself, who has just a 
standard web browser. Humans are known to generally optimize for 
short-term, personal gains over long-term prospects for humanity. So, 
why expend the effort to add that line of HTML code? Am I making sense 
to you?

If we look at this problem from a "return on investment" point of view, 
then your suggestion for "remove as many barriers as possible" is about 
lowering the investment--which I totally agree. My suggestion is about 
increasing the return from "no observable difference" to "some 
observable difference". I was simply wondering what people on this 
mailing list have done to achieve "some observable difference," that's all.

I think attacking the problem from both ends will help us make progress 
faster.

Best regards,

David
P.S. I believe I already got all the answers to my questions here, so 
for me there's no need to continue this thread, unless you want to.
Received on Monday, 9 June 2008 20:36:26 UTC

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