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Re: RDF and applications (was: About Refactoring RDF/XML Syntax Rivision 1.43)

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 13:02:26 -0400
Message-ID: <3B98FDA2.A1AB3106@mitre.org>
To: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@baltimore.com>
CC: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
Hear hear!

Graham Klyne wrote:
> But it seems that anything that makes RDF easier to deploy has to be of
> considerable value.
> And I think a big part of the value of RDF is (will be) that it allows the
> information from a range of existing and emerging applications to be
> combined -- sort of doing for information and data what the Internet did
> for computing and communication.  (Think of a variant of Metcalfe's
> law:  the value of RDF will be exponentially proportional to the number of
> applications that use it.)  I think it is inevitable that there will be
> many special purpose applications on the Internet that deal only with a
> specific data format.  But if it's cheap to design these specific data
> formats to be also accessible to general purpose RDF applications, I think
> that's a big win.
> If all application designers are prepared to commit to using RDF, then this
> debate is moot.  But I think there are many (and some of the W3C advisory
> committee debates about the Semantic Web activity illustrate this) who are
> still digesting and stabilizing application designs based on XML.  My goal
> is to make it as easy as possible for these folks to adopt XML formats that
> are also RDF compliant.  (I regard this as an area where the original RDF
> M&S actually did a pretty good job, even if it wasn't communicated very
> effectively.)
> Thus, my position is trying to make it easy for application designers to
> take baby steps on the way to using RDF without having to chew the whole
> elephant at once.
> #g
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