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Hacker questionnaire

From: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetilk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:00:36 +0100
To: W3C SWEO IG <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <200701181400.37260.kjetilk@opera.com>


I have updated the Wiki page 
which now contains Susie's changes and some of Benjamin's suggestions 
and a short note as to the relationship, or lack thereof to the 
Semantic Web Challenge. I think it was useful to bring up the question 
of the SW Challenge, as thinking it over made it clearer in my mind 
that I don't want a competition, there are many other motivations among 
hackers to appeal to than the competitive aspect. Among them, pure 
altruism, the idea of having products of their labour on many people's 
machines, the silent recognition of their peers, the intellectual 
challenge, the idea of having Semantic Web succeed because of the 
intellectual investment they allready have in it (which is my main 
motivation for getting involved this way). By not announcing the 
winner, it doesn't really matter if I happen to submit the best 
proposals... ;-)

I can't guarantee this will work, but I think it is worth a shot... 

So, phase 1 ends with Susie posting the questionnaire on the SW Activity 

Now for the plan for phase 2.

I think we need a prominent page where we gather the short descriptions 
of all incoming projects, with links to a project page for each. On the 
project page, I think we should allow people to add their name and say 
what they can contribute to the project. Thus, a Wiki might be 

While I don't think we need to pronounce a winner, we should give 
recognition. Partly, blogging things we like can serve this purpose, 
but perhaps, at one point we might form a committee (of 
non-SWEO-people) to rank the projects that we feel have the best chance 
of succeeding. Once a project reaches releaseable code we should also 
put our weight behind it.

Further thoughts?


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Semantic Web Specialist
Opera Software ASA
Received on Thursday, 18 January 2007 16:29:52 UTC

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