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Re: Owning URIs (Was: Yet Another LOD cloud browser)

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 07:18:38 -0400
Message-ID: <4A1FC48E.8050708@openlinksw.com>
To: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
CC: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, semantic-web@w3.org
David Huynh wrote:
> Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> David,
>> Okay, so you've successfully nudged me :-)
>> Here is the first cut (others will follow as this was done in haste, 
>> but demonstrates the essence of the matter).
>> 1. YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CweYtyw7fnY
>> 2.  Vimeo -- http://vimeo.com/4736569
> Kingsley,
> Thank you for putting together this screencast. I know quite well how 
> much effort it takes to put together a screencast. :)
> What the screencast presented is certainly the story of the Semantic 
> Web, or maybe one of the stories of the Semantic Web. It is a 
> motivating story for people already familiar with the vision. Have you 
> shown your screencasts to people not so familiar with semantic web 
> technologies? How did they react?
Basic users unfamiliar with the Semantic Web completely get the essence 
of the demo: representation choices via HTTP URIs.
> The tricky part here is that when a user types "diane abbott" into 
> Google, they get 600,000+ results, which sound kinda like 600,000+ 
> "alternative views"--even with eye-catching videos and images. So it's 
> hard to explain to them about this new kind of "alternative views". 
> It's a case of "good enough is the enemy of vaguely better", 
> unfortunately.
> Or if you type "diane abbott" into Kosmix, you'd get even more videos 
> and images
>    http://www.kosmix.com/topic?q=diane+abbott&searchSubmit= 
> <http://www.kosmix.com/topic?q=diane+abbott&searchSubmit=>
> as well as blog posts, recent news, etc. Perhaps that should serve as 
> the base case for semantic web screencasts--s.w. screencasts should be 
> more compelling than what people can already do on the Web?
Sure, this is one of many. Even this one could have been much better, 
but after take 15, I decided to put it out :-)

I agree with your point above, and it is all about adding the "Find" 
function to the Web.  As you know, "Search" (Google et al.) and 
"Answers" (somewhat via WolframAlfa) exist, but neither delivers the 
"Find" function :-)

> David



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