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RE: Now it's RDF vs Microformats

From: Lee Feigenbaum <feigenbl@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:40:14 -0500
To: public-sweo-ig@w3.org
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Paul wrote on 02/23/2007 09:54:14 AM:

> So, we should be cooperative yes, but everyone needs to realise that 
there
> *is* an element of competition. I don't think it's necessary and I don't
> like it personally. 

>From where I sit, it seems to be the microformats crowd that has no 
interest in being cooperative with the RDF crowd. (c.f. recent posts like 
http://ben-ward.co.uk/journal/fao-rdf/ ) In addition, there seems to be an 
implicit assumption in much of what I see from the microformat community 
that RDF is only successful if it marks content up on the Web ala RDFa or 
eRDF. I know that there is somewhat of a split even within SWEO on the 
corporate SW vs. SW-on-the-web, but to me comments like "The thing about 
RDF is that no-one has yet demonstrated any real-world reason to care 
about it" seem to beg for some SWEO intervention.

I think Danny's response is well-worth reading if you haven't already, 
though I remain personally unconvinced that the original post is 
"well-argued". 

In general, I wonder if we'd be better off focusing on promoting the 
virtues of RDF (on and off the Web) rather than engaging the microformats 
community directly.

Lee
 
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