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Enterprise Messaging

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 12:28:56 -0500
Message-ID: <4565DA58.5040502@openlinksw.com>
To: public-sweo-ig@w3.org

Posted on behalf of Orri Erling (while his posting perms are being sorted):

The questionnaires as they now stand seem very technology centric.  This is
of course understandable since they are about adoption of a technology.
These might however better engage the recipient if these were set in a more
application centric manner.  A CIO or CTO or even a web developer  may have
a rather vague idea of the semantic web, hence something to bring it in
focus can be useful.

Thus, for the ones who say they do not have SW involvement, after all these
are the more important target, we could have a few additional questions.

For example, on the enterprise side:

"If you are not using or considering semantic web technologies for EDI, 1.
do you have significant need for combining  data from heterogeneous sources
in the first place?  2. What do you use for this, e.g. data warehouse
maintained by batch imports from different sources with customized ETL?
Applications directly accessing diverse RDBMS's?   Do you see benefit in
introducing a semantic layer for homogenizing the terminology and structures
of disparate relational schemas, XML documents etc?"

The last is a leading question.  Maybe better ask "How do you see the
maintainability and agility of your present EDI?"

On the web developer side:

"Do you use tagging?  In the applications you develop?  In the applications
you use (Technorati, del.icio.us etc.)   Do you find that it is easy to
combine data from different social networks, e.g. Myspace, LinkedIn? What
are the application scenarios you feel cannot be adequately addressed by
tagging plus full text search, if any?  Do you encounter issues, either as a
user or developer, with information overload?  Is there some needed
classification of incoming information  that a combination of tags and spam
filtering does not do?"

"What are the web sites/services/information feeds that you would most need
to integrate/merge/compare?"

Of course these questions implicitly contain our assumptions on what the
semantic web can offer.   These cannot contain the full potential of the SW,
as this is so far undiscovered.  Still, we wish to educate the public about
the better understood benefits and applications first, hence asking about
them is compatible with the mission.

Received on Thursday, 23 November 2006 17:29:01 UTC

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