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Re: call to arms

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:00:04 -0400
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
cc: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <7978.1269892804@waldron>

> Right now, despite the promise, things seem mired in the mud. People
> aren't seeing the things that the Web of Data has proposed.
> 
> How do we get over this?
> 
> Face to face maybe - the bits the interwebs can't provide.
> 
> I suggest the leading lights of this sturm sit down in a room
> somewhere in northern Europe, and hammer the damn thing down. It is so
> stupid for it to take so long.
> 
> The Internet, and the Web is excellent at providing miraculous stuff,
> but the humans that tie the things together seem to be disappearing
> into different worlds.
> 
> The Semantic Web should be useful by now, by anyone's predictions.
> 
> something better change
> 
> (I'm a scaredy pacifist, so don't take that to heart)

I think I'll just pitch the RDF Next Steps Workshop [1] as one concrete
way to make progress.  The deadline for position papers was just
extended by a week, so it's now 13 days away.  If you have a
fundamental-technology idea for how to advance the cause, please write
it down and send it in.  [ Oh, and if you can come to California.  Alas,
I know, that's not practical for everyone.  :-( ]

As for a "call to arms", well, I suggest each person think about this
collective effort in whichever way helps them be an effective part of
it.   

      -- Sandro

[1] http://www.w3.org/2009/12/rdf-ws/
Received on Monday, 29 March 2010 20:00:10 UTC

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