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Re: How will the semantic web emerge

From: Golda Velez <gvelez@webglimpse.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:13:20 -0700
To: "Shashi (MIT)" <shashi.mit@gmail.com>
Cc: Asankhaya Sharma <asankhaya@yahoo.com>, semantic-web@w3.org
Message-Id: <200512131113.21973.gvelez@webglimpse.org>

Well - for what its worth, I think its possible - and essential -  to 
gradually incorporate nonstructured data in a Semantic web.  I think it could 
be done as long as there is an app that lets users say things about things.  

That is, any user could say, "I think url http://xxx/xx/xx/x belongs to this 
point in this specific named ontology"  

Then we build up trust networks of users and have a kind of fuzzy semantic web 
that gets better over time...

Existing forms could also be mapped to fields of public data types.  

Things like freshness of data, reliability of source, etc would be rating 
criteria.  Users of the semantic web could choose to view only highly 
structured, reliable content, or have a wider but fuzzier view.

Basically, I think its OK to have many different viewpoints and mappings into 
and out of a Semantic web, and that actually it is a bad thing to define only 
one valid view or type of data source.  It is a good thing to have a few 
highly reliable data sources with well defined ontologies but not to define 
those as exactly the extent of the semantic web.

--Golda

On Tuesday 13 December 2005 10:42, Shashi (MIT) wrote:
> 
> I am with Sandro on this one. The Semantic Web is likely to be
> orthogonal to the current www - in the sense that it will complement
> the human web. My guess is HTML and current web-base scripting
> languages ( a al Qwerty keyboards) are so well established that
> getting them to change to include Ontological data seems unlikely. 
> Ontologies and RDF etc will run in the background as 'enhancements' by
> people exporting their databases, possibly via semantic webservices
> and what have you. So mixing in with HTML seems less and less a
> possibility
> 
> I have also one more thought on this, that the initial wave of the
> Semantic Web will be used by the most information hungry of people
> e.g. researchers, scientists, business analysts etc - they will be the
> "lead users". Your average Mom and pop store Website may little use
> for Semantics for a good time to come.
> 

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