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Re: Introducing Vocabularies of a Friend (VOAF)

From: William Waites <ww@styx.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:59:32 +0100
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Cc: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20110125165932.GF1827@styx.org>
* [2011-01-25 11:21:45 -0500] Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> écrit:

] Hmm. Is it the Name or Description that's important?
] 
] But what about discerning meaning from the VOAF graph?

Humans looking at documents and trying to understand a system
do so in a very different way from machines. While what you
suggest might be strictly true according to the way RDF and
formal logic work, it isn't the way humans work (otherwise 
the strong AI project of the past half-century might have 
succeeded by now). So we should try arrange things in a way
that is both consistent with what the machines want and as
easy as possible for humans to understand. That Hugh, an
expert in the domain, had trouble figuring it out due to
poetic references to well known concepts suggests that there
is some room for improvement.

Cheers,
-w
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