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Re: No universal things Re: comparing XML and RDF data models

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2008 15:00:58 +0100
Message-ID: <486CDB9A.3080504@danbri.org>
To: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>


(as an aside)

Bijan Parsia wrote:

> I remember also a project where we were trying to get people to write 
> simple triples. They got that they needed triples. But what they ended 
> up putting into the tool was things like
> 
> S               P          O
> "The cat is" "on the" "mat".
> "Mary eats" "pudding" "on toast"
> 
> They just split up the sentences into somewhat equal parts!

I wonder how that experiment would work in other countries. US schooling 
seems to teach English grammar with something called "sentence graphing" 
or "sentence diagramming". Not something I encountered at all during my 
years of miseducation in the UK. But then we weren't taught much about 
grammar at school; it was out of fashion in the '80s here.

Eg. http://www.geocities.com/gene_moutoux/basicdiagrams.htm
http://www.utexas.edu/courses/langling/e360k/handouts/diagrams/diagram_basics/basics.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_diagram


Anyways, I'm not one to claim that there's an obvious triple 
representation of most states of affairs. What would be nice would be to 
have more tooling and services that helped people understand which 
triple representations were fashionable in terms of useful systems 
producing and consuming them.

cheers,

Dan

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