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Re: Myths of the Semantic Web - Popular Misconceptions for Why it Won't Work

From: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:14:38 +0000
Message-Id: <2DEC53C4-CE93-427F-AD1E-123A3FD3AC77@garlik.com>
Cc: <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
To: <jeff.pollock@oracle.com>

On 8 Nov 2006, at 13:06, Jeff Pollock wrote:
> There are plenty of "Myths" out there, such as:
> -	Semantic Web makes you tag everything again
> -	Semantic Web requires a single global ontology

Perhaps controversial, but I don't believe that all applications on  
the semantic web require ontologies at all. The application my  
company is deploying now has an ontology, but it's only used  
informatively, and we do no reasoning over it. The advantages we get  
from representing our data in RDF are sufficient to justify the  
effort without any reasoning, and its easier for developers with an  
SQL background to grok. I expect there is data in the store which is  
not described by any ontological structures.

- Steve
Received on Wednesday, 8 November 2006 15:14:43 UTC

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