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Re: On a possible role for the applications and demos task force

From: Aditya A Kalyanpur <adityak@wam.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 15:31:22 -0500 (EST)
To: "McBride, Brian" <brian.mcbride@hp.com>
Cc: public-swbp-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.44.0403251519260.2872-100000@rac1.wam.umd.edu>

I agree with Brian - the ADTF should provide simple apps that are easily
adaptable for end users, and moreover should be based on 'best practice'
principles (/examples) developed by the other TF's.

But just to elaborate on that, I feel average web users would be more
comfortable adopting semweb practices, when they see good, complete
working examples in place. Most semweb tools today focus on the pieces
(ontology editors, markup tools, RDF stores, reasoners etc) but there are
very few that provide a framework to tie these together to
construct something more meaningful and productive. I think we should move
towards such a flexible framework (a plugin or service-oriented
architecture) and provide some sample apps within this framework (such as
an image based semantic search, maybe I'm getting carried away:) to
basically demonstrate the true potential of the semantic web (by
presenting the larger picture) to novices..

just an idea to throw out there..

-Aditya


On Thu, 25 Mar 2004, McBride, Brian wrote:

>
> At the tech plenary there was a lot of support for the WG doing something in
> the area of applications and demos.  I'd like to start a discussion around
> what such a task force might do.  I hope this will stimulate others to
> propose their own, no doubt different ideas and as the scope of the work
> becomes clearer a task force leader may emerge.
>
> A key objective of the WG is to encourage deployment of the semantic web.  I
> suggest that a useful thing for the applications/demos WG to do is to
> provide simple examples that users can adapt to their own needs.  This is in
> the spirit of the early days of the web, when, it is said, folks were
> encouraged to put up web pages because they could take an existing web page
> and adapt it to meet their needs.
>
> The idea I would like to float is that that the Applications and Demos task
> force (ADTF) should not set out to develop applications and demos on its
> own, but might produce a framework for collecting demos and illustrations
> developed by other task forces.
>
> For example, consider the "explain the mess" task force.  I imagine it might
> produce a document that explains when to use RDF, RDFS, OWL-lite, DL and
> Full.  Might it not also aim to produce illustrative examples of each of
> these uses.  Similarly, I'd expect there to be examples of the output from
> the RDF in XHTML task force, perhaps examples of the use of a wordnet
> ontology, and design patterns, ... And topic maps and ...
>
> In RDFCore, and I think also in Owl, when there was an issue and a decision
> was made, one or more test cases were produced to illustrate that decision.
> I am suggesting that analagously in Best Practices, when a best practice is
> produced, it should not only be described in a document, but one or more
> illustrations of that practice should be produced.  Ideally such
> illustrations will be easily adaptable by folks to their own needs.
>
> Brian
>
>
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