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Re: true/false in RDF?

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 15:54:57 -0800
Message-ID: <4238C751.7050708@gorge.net>
To: Geoff Chappell <geoff@sover.net>
CC: 'Joshua Allen' <joshuaa@microsoft.com>, 'Danny Ayers' <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, 'Seth Russell' <russell.seth@gmail.com>, semantic-web@w3.org

Geoff Chappell wrote:

> OTOH, if you want to begin to migrate some meaning out of the application
> and into the data, you have to try to model your data in ways that will
> allow the machines to perform meaningful reasoning. Given the current state
> of semweb technologies, that means using rdf/owl ontologies because that's
> the only way to license inferences. Hopefully more expressive mechanisms
> (e.g. rules) will join the party at some point so we don't have to continue
> to force feed everything into a classification problem :-) 

If that's "the only way to license inferences" we're probably all in as 
much over our heads as I am. Or "inference" has some techno meaning 
distinct from its real language sense?

What is an inference and why must it be licensed? Is it like a dog, a 
car or a driver (or perhaps a marriage)? I get the feeling that we are 
heading back to some central authority that heads the hierarchy and in 
Tim's words "owns the roots to the ontology tree and charges for the 
fruit therefrom".

Maybe "meaningful reasoning" is a combination oxymoron/tautology.

I really shouldn't venture into these threads without chemical 
preparation of some kind.

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