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

From: Frank V. Castellucci <frankc@colconsulting.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 07:16:14 -0500
Message-ID: <3A07F28E.8521964A@colconsulting.com>
CC: "'www-rdf-interest@w3.org'" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, "'semantic-web@w3.org'" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Gordon Joly wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 6 Nov 2000, Matt Jensen wrote:
> 
> > 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".
> 
> Too late for that. The web is now a commercial playground, not a
> research "sandbox". All website built for commercial organisations and
> many others (such http://www.bbc.co.uk/) are governed by people who
> are not interested in creating shared space. They just want to keep
> you in their domain or in the case of portals click through to
> controlled set of websites.

Can we keep the pessimism out and be realistic. Comments like these have
a tendency to tack off topic.

> 
> > 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
> >
> > ---
> > [1] http://linkage.rockefeller.edu/wli/zipf/
> > [2] http://www.mgt.smsu.edu/mgt487/mgtissue/newstrat/metcalfe.htm
> >
> 
> Have you proved that the described by Zipf's law? With which
> parameters?  Links? Pages? Pageviews?
> 
> Gordo.
> 
> --
> Gordon Joly       http://www.pobox.com/~gordo/
> gordo@dircon.co.uk       gordon.joly@pobox.com

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Frank V. Castellucci
Received on Tuesday, 7 November 2000 07:12:27 GMT

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