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RE: More On the Semantic Web (or: is RDF any good?)

From: Matt Jensen <mattj@newsblip.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 13:33:23 -0500 (EST)
To: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
cc: Gordon Joly <gordo@dircon.co.uk>, Craig Pugsley <craig.pugsley@mimesweeper.com>, "'www-rdf-interest@w3.org'" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, "'semantic-web@w3.org'" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.10011061322330.20684-100000@newsblip.com>
On Mon, 6 Nov 2000, William Loughborough wrote:

> Any idea why it can't be done this year?

Well, I was trying to cover myself :-)  I'm imagining that first a group
of technologists has to "agree" on some kind of standard, and then their
work has to be adopted by a large enough group of webmasters for the whole
thing to be "useful".

However, because the Web is described by Zipf's law [1], you might get
good value out of convincing "only" the top 100 sites (in page views) to
implement your semantic system.  Then a form of Metcalfe's law [2]
applies, where other web sites have more and more reasons to join.


-Matt Jensen
 NewsBlip
 Seattle

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[1] http://linkage.rockefeller.edu/wli/zipf/
[2] http://www.mgt.smsu.edu/mgt487/mgtissue/newstrat/metcalfe.htm
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