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RE: Cursors face defining moments on the Web

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 06:19:54 -0800
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To: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>, WAI ER group <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>
I think the enclosed might be a decent basis on which to construct a 
(fairly simple) tool?

At 08:11 PM 1/31/01 -0800, Joshua Allen wrote [on the RDF IG list]:

>...the semantic web should be *inclusive*, IMO.  That is, anyone can 
>publish metadata, and you
>should be able to choose to "trust" content based on any definition of
>community that you wish.  Just like you should be able to categorize in
>different ways.
>Here is a scenario to describe what I mean:
>1. You are browsing the web, and you see a page that you think is good.  You
>have a thumbs-up and thumbs-down toolbar buttons in your browser toolbar.
>You click "thumbs-up", and a small XML packet containing your e-mail
>address, the URL in question, and your metadata gets silently sent
>2. Somewhere is a server containing your information and a set of groups to
>which you belong.  Membership in the groups could be decided in a manner
>similar to advogato [http://www.advogato.org/], free to all, or however 
>the person creating the group
>wished.  Anyone could create groups.  You could use some UI at this server
>to rank any groups you were interested in and weight how much you trust or
>distrust each group's metadata.
>3. Periodically, maybe every hour or so, each metadata collection server
>(where you sent the xml packet) aggregates the metadata based on how many of
>each metadata value were sent by members of each group.  The aggregates are
>sent to various services that have subscribed to the metadata (google and
>hotbot, for example).
>4. You do a google search on certain keywords, and the results are
>automatically ranked to show those results that you would find the most
>trustworthy, and filter out those that you did not trust, all without ever
>having to modify the original pages.
>[Note that nothing about this example claims that the "metadata collection
>servers" have to _only_ collect "sucks/rules" info about pages, or that
>subscribers have to subscribe to _all_ of the metadata or have it aggregated
>by groups, or that the "metadata servers" have to be centralized, controlled
>by one organization, etc.]
>IMO, this is one of the major underlying visions of the SW.

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