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Global Decentralized Triple Store "Mesh"

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@upclink.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 12:13:40 -0500
Message-Id: <200109281746.f8SHkev16256@theinfo.org>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: www-archive@w3.org, Tav <tav@espnow.com>
Ever since our late-night conversation yesterday, thoughts have 
been percolating in my brain. As I walked home from school 
today, I had my epiphany as all the pieces have finally snapped 
into place. It is now more clear to me than ever that the entire 
Internet must be rebuilt in the image of a global decentralized 
"Mesh", storing triples preferably. It seems so obvious now, and 
I have been thinking of the idea for some time, but it has never 
seemed so clear to me as it does now.

There are so many things I want to do: start planning and 
building the pieces of this system; convert popular protocols 
(HTTP, IRC) into this framework; evangelize the concept to 
other; or write it down before it slips my mind. I'm sure things 
will solidify in the days (or hours) to come. Meanwhile, I 
wanted to ask you for your thoughts on the matter, as you've 
surely considered such possibilities far longer than I have. 
Have you written such matters up? It seems that they'd be far 
more worthy of your in-depth catalogs than your typical fare of 
Semantic Web identification problems and Deductive Triple Stores.

Finally, on the subject of Python and C: I have been working on 
a "ideal" RDF API for Python the past few days, and I think I 
can do very nice stuff with its OO framework. While I understand 
your desire to program in C, I was wondering if we could perhaps 
come to a compromise. Following the old Brooksian dictum, "plan 
to throw one away", perhaps the most effective method would be 
to build a powerful prototype in Python, allow us all to use it 
as the basis for our various projects (me, SWAP, perhaps 
Redfoot), and take the lessons learned to put back in the fully 
elegant C++ rewrite. Does this not satisfy everyone?

Anyway, I better get back to thinking while my brain is still 
buzzing. Many thanks for your help in finding this stage.

       "Aaron Swartz"      |              The Semantic Web
  <mailto:me@aaronsw.com>  |  <http://logicerror.com/semanticWeb-long>
<http://www.aaronsw.com/> |        i'm working to make it happen
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