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Re: When does a document acquire (web) semantics?

From: Joanne Luciano (gmail) <jluciano@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:13:35 -0500
Cc: "Mark Wilkinson" <markw@illuminae.com>, "Solbrig, Harold R." <Solbrig.Harold@mayo.edu>, "Jim McCusker" <mccusker@gmail.com>, "John Madden" <john.madden@duke.edu>, "w3c semweb HCLS" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, "Eric Prud'hommeaux" <eric@w3.org>
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To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
I agree it was a great telcon today. I was glad to be on it.

And I love this conversation too.

Ya know what I mean?  Wink Wink?
Does anyone ever know what the other means?  Whew.

Allow me to quote one of the great minds:

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are  
not."
 Albert Einstein

It's only in practice (i.e. not when the query is run, but when an  
action is taken based on that query, or that instantiation) that the  
semantics become realized.

I guess that means that when the semantic binding occurs, it's already  
too late to do anything about it, but that we should do the best we  
can, in terms of "contingency encoding" (a term I think I just made  
up) before that.

Cheers,

Joanne

On Feb 1, 2010, at 2:46 PM, Pat Hayes wrote:

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> On Feb 1, 2010, at 1:26 PM, Mark Wilkinson wrote:
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>> On Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:12:35 -0800, Solbrig, Harold R. <Solbrig.Harold@mayo.edu 
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>>> If, however, you wish to *communicate* with other folks about,  
>>> say, science, it would be highly desirable to overlay a *shared*  
>>> ontology-of-choice (vs. personal) that, perhaps, would be focused  
>>> on shared knowledge about the real world.
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>>
>> If such a thing exists, sure :-)
>
> If it doesn't, I wonder what all these strange character strings  
> that keep arriving in my mailbox mean.


LOL!


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