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Re: Hacker rally questionnaire draft, take 2

From: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetilk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 12:06:14 +0100
To: kidehen@openlinksw.com
Cc: public-sweo-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <200701161206.15713.kjetilk@opera.com>

On Friday 12 January 2007 18:13, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> The skeptics are not going to grok the Semantic Web based on what we
> say, they are going to do so based on what we demonstrate (Dave Winer
> demonstrated what became the Blogosphere via his Userland platform).
> As stated earlier, Mashups drive Web 2.0, and RSS drives the
> Blogosphere. Thus, we should produce demos and tutorials that show
> how the Semantic Web enhances Mashups, Online Communities
> (Social-networks, Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Forums, shared Bookmarks
> etc).

I don't think we disagree all that much. Indeed, we (as in the Semantic 
Web community, not SWEO) need to demonstrate, and that people will not 
grok anything by just talk. 

However, what I sense now, and please do stop me if I raise a strawman, 
is that you're quite content with demos, whereas I think that we 
urgently need to create a genuinely useful application, and that we 
need to do that first to open people's minds before we can go any 
further with any education. It is difficult to reach out to a closed 

Now, we set the deadline for comments on the questions to tomorrow. I 
was hoping that we could discuss the wording, so that we can solicit 
answers to the questions themselves, and once we agree on the questions 
and get it out, it can certainly be spread as widely as possible.

Also, I agree that most of the skepticism towards RDF has been because 
of the RDF/XML syntax, and so I would support the RDF/XML Lite 
initiative, and I always make sure that I say in my talks that people 
should stop thinking about RDF in XML terms. 


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Semantic Web Specialist
Opera Software ASA
Received on Tuesday, 16 January 2007 11:06:26 UTC

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