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Re: Semantic Web Hackings

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 01:38:01 -0000
Message-ID: <01cd01c07393$9a657120$65dc93c3@z5n9x1>
To: "Seth Russell" <seth@robustai.net>, "RDF-IG" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
You sent one to me personally and *then* realised you didn't send it to RDF
IG... That's O.K. because I can send a different reply to RDF IG and get
people guessing what I what to you personally :-)

> ... well we're behind schedule ... well have to work faster
> now to catch up :O!  Seriously this is a good idea ..

I think this has become a popular thread because it puts the SW in the
hands of people, not machines. The SW is there to help people, and we must
*never* lose sight of that. Having a mailto: URI refer to a person
indicates that people will be using the SW. I can make an assertion that I
have an FOAF friend called seth@robustai.net, which is much better than
having an assertion that my company's last invoice should be automatically
paid of in 3.25 hours time to the sum of $906.85 I couldn't care less about
most machine processable stuff, I want an SW that is useful to me.
Quoth Len Bullard: "I want to be able to order a pizza, not have mozarella
explained to me". He used that as a slur against the SW, but I think he,
along with 99% of the world are missing the rather obvious point: the SW is
a machine processable Web of data intended for humans. If it isn't going to
be that, then I'm just going to quit right here right now... but it isn't.
The Semantic Web is going to make an impact on our day to day lives because
it will have so much more power than the WWW. It's like what the WWW dreams
of becoming.

> perhaps we could try to create a Semantic Web only about the pioneers
> of the Semantic Web ... kind of a Semantic Web Interest Group Web.

Damn straight. This is a good way to spark off the year 2001: with the
starting scraps of the SW. I can put up some assertions on my site about my
involvement in the SW, what I write about it, my rants, my code, who I work
with, and then we can link that to everyone else's assertions. I work with
x. She is engaged on creating Semantic Web stuff too, and so on...

> - people of the semantic web
> - web sites of the semantic web
> - software tools of the semantic web
> - forums of the semantic web

Precisely :-)

> "mailto:sean@mysterylights.com" .. as long as we can trust
> that you and ~only you~ are the person that asserted that
> was the URI of the ideal node representing yourself.

You can say that mailto:sean@mysterylights.com published this on this date
to this mailing list about this topic, and so on. And then I could choose
to include that as a link at my URL. Because we need digital signatures and
we haven't got them, I suggest that we explicitly trust anything on our own
servers to be completely true. I see a Semantic Web on the horizon... adn
we're not even 5 days into it yet.

> Still looking for a RDF parser for the win32 platform...

Don't get me started...

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
http://infomesh.net/sbp/
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ [ERT/GL/PF]
"Perhaps, but let's not get bogged down in semantics."
   - Homer J. Simpson, BABF07.
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