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Interesting Blog: Why Semantic Web Research is not working?

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 20:27:51 -0500
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To: <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Got these list of reasons from this blog:
http://zacker.org/semantic-web-research-isnt-working
 
I think points 1 and 2 are very valid... emphasize the need for real world use
cases...
Point 4 is being addressed by various groups
 
Would like to add another one: Focus on small well-scoped problems...
 
Cheers,
 
---Vipul

1.	Researchers are not finding adequate use-cases for implementing
compelling functionality, instead they are creating widgets. There are a great
many of organizations out there with real-world needs that would be greatly
served by implemented semantic web-technology but researchers are for the most
part turning a blind eye and working in a vacuum. 
2.	Researchers are not picking their battles. Instead they are building
generic tools with little real world applicability. 
3.	Researchers are not keeping up with the web and web-publishing software.
It seems that in an effort to remain neutral towards the current web-publishing
industry semantic web researches choose to build their own tools in isolation.
This means that anyone wanting to reuse these tools in a real world application
has to re-implement them within their own web-publishing environment which due
to the high technology barriers simply isn't happening. This is a shame because
it would actually save the researchers time, effort, and money if they simply
implemented their tools within web-publishing environments such as Drupal
<http://drupal.org/>  and it would allow adopters to implement the tools at zero
cost. 
4.	Researchers are not moving at the pace the web is currently developing,
instead they are attempting to leap-frog it. A good example of this is the
Structured Blogging <http://structuredblogging.org/>  and Microformats
<http://www.microformats.org/>  initiatives. Why are semantic web researchers
not collaborating with the teams pursuing these projects? 
Received on Thursday, 30 November 2006 01:28:11 GMT

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