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RE: GRDDL (split off from: Structured vs. Unstructured)

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:32:58 -0500
To: "'HCLS'" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001601c63195$1445ba80$66741780@BIOXIAO>

John,

> semantic intent ("I hereby officially declare to the WWW that 
> this RDF is inseparably part of the semantics of this XML
> instance.") would be clear.

I agree all your point except the "inseparably" part.  I think the intension
of GRDDL is to bridge, as oppose to merge - the world of HTML/XML and RDF
world. The former is intended for human and the latter for machine (for
instance for a better and precise web crawler to understand web pages).  If
the sole intent is to offer RDF description, a simple <link> tag pointing to
an RDF document will suffice. But using xslt transformation, it saves the
authors from "repeating" him/her-self.  
 
> Question #2: Will this work for the case where the instance author
> **doesn't** explicitly know the actual RDF triple set up 
> front, and the referenced extraction transform is actually 
> acting as a "language processor" to generate triples "that 
> thereby see the light for the first time"?

I doubt a "yes" answer. SW technologies are designed for representing rather
than mining the knowledge. For example, someday when SW is matured enough,
you may be able trust your software agent with your credit card to help you
find and book your next flight to F2F meeting. I am not sure, though, how
much you can trust your agent with information mined from free text. 

Xiaoshu  
Received on Tuesday, 14 February 2006 18:33:15 GMT

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