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Re: SemWeb Non-Starter -- Distributed URI Discovery

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 15:03:30 -0500
To: Stephen Rhoads <rhoadsnyc@mac.com>
Cc: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <20050324200330.GB17329@markbaker.ca>

On Tue, Mar 22, 2005 at 06:18:22PM -0500, Stephen Rhoads wrote:
> So, as an aggregator, how can I easily and reliably find out more information about ?http://www.dreamworks.com/rdf/parents??  Is it a Movie?  A TelevisionProgram?  An Episode of a TelevisionSeries?  What?s its title, genre, synopsis?  Let?s face it, If I?m a programmer today and I need to obtain an RDF description from the Originator of a URI my thought process goes something like this:
> ?Ooh, this URI looks interesting, but I don?t know anything about it.  Hopefully the Originator put up an RDF description somewhere.  Let?s try an HTTP GET on the URI.  Ouch, HTML.  Didn?t want that.  How about with ?Accept:  application/rdf+xml?.  No dice.

Why no dice?  AFAIK, that's the only way to do what you want that's
licensed by public specification.  If the URI provider doesn't want to
play by those roles, then they're less useful than those who do.

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
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