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Re: Tag ontology RFC

From: Seth Russell <russell.seth@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:52:09 -0800
Message-ID: <41d2744305032510522f444fdb@mail.gmail.com>
To: Richard Newman <r.newman@reading.ac.uk>
Cc: semantic-web@w3.org

Richard, 

> I'm not sure that an RSS1.0 Item is the same as a Tagging; the
> intention of a Tagging is solely to capture the n-ary relationship
> between a tag, an agent, a resource, and a date (and anything else),
> which together make up a particular tagging of the resource by the
> agent. They're certainly similar in some aspects (being dated
> annotations of a resource), but I'm not sure if the semantics are
> sufficiently similar to warrant the same vocabulary.

I would say that Tagging is a sub class of Items.   

I think we need to ask how is this ontology to be used?  What is it's
practical value?  What is going to prompt people to write meta data in
this ontology?  But we cannot ignore what is already happening with
folksonomy.  The feed over at del.icio.us is already about 10 taggings
*per second* - to verify that just go over to http://del.icio.us/ and
keep reloading the page.  Now consider all the other
folksonomy.servers and you already have a Mississippi river of
taggings flowing.  Each of these taggings is collecting the meta data
that your ontology is addressing.  Now are you going to just ignore
that gigantic river and make up some semantically pure ontology?

-- 
Seth Russell
http://bozofaust.blogspot.com/
Received on Friday, 25 March 2005 18:52:40 UTC

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