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Re: Socio technical/Qualitative metrics for LD Benchmarks

From: Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:52:10 +0000
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To: (wrong string) čić <denny.vrandecic@wikimedia.de>
Cc: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
Denny
CORRECTION!
Just to clarify-
I just re-read my post and yes I did say narrow-minded in a further
sentenc, just to clarify, with it intended as 'with narrow vision of the
research field'.
P

On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM, Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>wrote:

>
> HI Denny
>
> Thank you for reply-
>
> I am not sure whether calling the drivers of the Semantic Web
>> narrow-minded is exactly helpful in furthering your cause.
>>
>
> I am aware such phrasing may not be correct, its difficult to find the
> words , but the statement refers to
> the narrow vision of their field that some CS have
> (if you read again, you will see that unless I am mistaken I have not said
> narrow-minded)
>
> These views are not just mine, are widespread and share by many semantic
> web researchers who have become aware  that there is a problem within the
> research funding schemes. This is why we have large consortia, to try to
> bring a diversity of views
>
> However a few influental people with a  narrow vision of the world (and of
> the semantic web) seem to be inhibiting the wider views, held by the
> majority, to come through and shape research projects and consequent
> outcomes
>
>>
>> Also, besides stating the obvious, i.e. that we need metrics which are
>> not purely technical (something that has been recognized in the field
>> since the beginning),
>
>
> it is not obvious for everyone ,  one particular member of the consortium
> actually thinks these issues are not within scope (believe it or not)
> and has been sending intimidating requests trying to prevent me from
> taking LDBenchmarking discussions in that direction
>
>
>
>> it would have been nice if you would have made
>> suggestions for the not-so-obvious as well, like, which metrics could be
>> used in addition to the currently employed.
>
>
>  I am working on this Denny, this is precisely the kind of work that I am
> trying to get the consortium to agree to do, since there is public funding
> allocated to do this. The project was only announced a few days ago, how do
> you expect me to do have done the work already?
>
> The consortium partners I have spoken with,  agree with this,  and they
> too think it is 'obvious'. But the fact that the person in charge of
> funding says this is not within the scope  is challenging-
>
>
>
>> That is the hard part.
>> I would expect that a well written suggestions or even evaluation of
>> such metrics would have quite some impact on the whole field.
>>
>
>
> Very glad you think that Denny. As you know, writing up a   ground
> breaking research takes months. While I have expertise and work done in the
> area, I would like to write up such a paper as part of the LDBC project and
> hopefully you can peer review it
> if I manage to drill some sense into these people
>
>
> Best
>
> PDM
>
>>
>>
>>
>> 2012/11/20 Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>:
>> >
>> > Yesterday I attended the LDBC Technical User Group in Barcelona. This
>> is a
>> > quick field note for those who are also interested in linked data
>> > benchmarking and the progress being made in the field.
>> >
>> > It was good to meet some of the people I have exchanged  only via email
>> so
>> > far, and so many socio-technical dimensions crop up in the many
>> > presentations. It would important to develop a Benchmark (or set of
>> > benchmarks) capable of capturing and measuring them. I suggested that:
>> >
>> > - technical performance is an emergent property of a socio-technical
>> system
>> > - vast quantity of triples are a waste of cyber space if they cannot
>> produce
>> > measurable knowledge advantage (ther is a cognitive dimension to linked
>> data
>> > outputs)
>> > -  I'd likpropose the inclusion of socio-technical/qualitative metrics
>> to
>> > the Benchmark, in addition to purely technical /quantitative ones, to
>> ensure
>> > the usefulness of the latter.
>> >
>> > I had several conversations with consortium members, and they all seem
>> to
>> > agree with this requirement,
>> >
>> > However the very few members of the consortium with a narrow computer
>> > science background may not immediately grasp the socio-technical
>> aspects of
>> > technical complexity, since the semantic web research and development
>> have
>> > been, until very recently,  driven by narrow minded computer scientists
>> and
>> > characterized by the lack of  socio technical vision.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Paola Di Maio
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>>
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