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Semantic Web Activity page use case

From: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetilk@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 15:55:40 +0100
To: public-sweo-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <200702051555.41072.kjetilk@opera.com>

Hi all!

I'd like to raise an issue, namely what is communicated from the 
Semantic Web Activity page. The current opening statement is this:

"The Semantic Web is a web of data. There is lots of data we all use 
every day, and its not part of the web. I can see my bank statements on 
the web, and my photographs, and I can see my appointments in a 
calendar. But can I see my photos in a calendar to see what I was doing 
when I took them? Can I see bank statement lines in a calendar?"

As it looks now, I think these use cases will be realized using 
microformats, and that RDF will play a very minor role. I think there 
is a very real risk that developers will think that all Semantic Web 
uses cases can be satisfied with microformats and that the "complex, 
academic stuff" that we're doing is nothing but a unnecessary 
complication of something that can be done rather simply with 

We need simple use cases to start with, but not the ones that will most 
likely happen through other means. So, I think we have a problem here, 
and that this paragraph will have to be rewritten. I don't know what it 
should say, but I hope to start a debate.


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Semantic Web Specialist
Opera Software ASA
Received on Monday, 5 February 2007 14:55:49 UTC

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