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New Semantic-Web List?

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 17:39:14 -0000
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Dear All,
Further to the earlier discussions about mailing lists for the Semantic Web,
I was wondering if it would be a good idea to start a public abstract and
generic Semantic Web list? It would need to be clear in its
scope/aims/coverage, but as long as it was well chartered, I believe it
would form a useful addition to the current palate of lists.
At the moment we have the excellent RDF IG list, but it is only chartered to
provide discussions on the Semantic Web and its relavence to RDF. Future of
the Web discussions should theoretically take place on www-talk; but that
list is rarely used, and is becoming decrepit.
An abstract SW discussion list would not in any way undermine this list (RDF
IG), or the conversations on it, and in rare circumsatnces, CCing may need
to take place (where discussions contain both abstract SW discussions, and
RDF), but apart from that, I feel that the two lists would complement each
other perfectly.
I have already recieved a lot of support on this matter, but I would like to
throw it open to the floor, why does everyone think?
In short, the reasons for creating a new list are as follows:

1. Having a public Semantic Web (SW) list provides a nice forum and an
umbrella for public SW related activities.
2. At the moment, there is no official home for *abstract and generic* SW
conversations. Conversations like that on RDF IG, xml-dev etc. tend to go
quiet after a while, and have no real direction.
3. I feel that SW conversations are a highly broad subject, a subject so
vast that it warrants a list of its own.

(Sorry if you've seen those reasons before, I have already contacted quite a
few people about this!) Potentially, this is a very good idea, but the
keyword is CAUTION.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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