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Old-fashioned meta-search..?

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 21:57:38 +0200
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd0805051257y64629f41u11c01074ea8009ca@mail.gmail.com>
To: "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
[Thinking aloud]

I was just asked a "do you know of a term for..." question, and in my reply
provided links to various places, including:

http://esw.w3.org/topic/VocabularyMarket
http://schemacache.test.talis.com/

- but it got me thinking, the ESW Wiki has search, schemacache has search...


Before Google took centre-stage (and probably still, though I for one
haven't used one in a while), there were loads of meta-search tools - your
query got dispatched to various engines, you were presented an aggregation
of the results.

So while it wouldn't be very Webby to point to, say,
http://semanticweb.orgas a *central* resource for everything, a wee
bit of scripting should be
able to extend that site's search results. For wikis, there is the InterWiki
stuff (which I've not been following recently) to provide automatic
crosslinking. Taking these a step further, what about using a similar
facility to provide interlinking of data resources (say a few lines of PHP
wrapping a SPARQL CONSTRUCT)

If a few of the quasi-central sites had such a facility, might this be
useful for resource discovery?

Cheers,
Danny.

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