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Re: Cursors face defining moments on the Web

From: Bernard Vatant <bernard@universimmedia.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 14:12:20 +0100
Message-ID: <00ca01c089fc$d1a21c40$a9c68aa4@bernard>
To: "RDF-IG" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
People developing semantic tools outside the Semantic Web alleys dare
reinvent the Holy Wheel by themselves, and moreover sell parts of it on the
market place without notice to nor agreement from the above quoted
community ?! ... shocking :o)
I hate to say that - basically having more academic than business
background - but the lack of popular visibility of the Semantic Web
paradidgm and tools is maybe not a question of explanation. There are many
places where it's pretty well explained - maybe too many of them. But how
do people believe in the validity of Quantum Mechanics and Information
Theory ? Not by reading equations or explanations, but by using CD-ROM
devices and computers.
So the problem is not to explain what it is or should be, but to show off
whatever working tools already built.
End users and market place have in fact barely use of definitions : they
want effective applications.
Could someone feed me with an address where I can send those pragmatic
people to, saying : here is a directory of on line effective applications
of SW ? I try to build something like that at the moment, and well : I find
a lot of research centers, research projects, comments on projects,
specifications, recommendations ... but where are the basic applications
understandable by any end-user ?

Cheers

Bernard

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Bernard Vatant
bernard@universimmedia.com
www.universimmedia.com
"Building Knowledge"
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Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
wrote to <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> > the midwives delivering it may not even be aware of RDF.
> > [...] Does this concern anyone?  Any ideas?
>
> It is quite concerning, and something that I believe has risen from a
lack
> of accessibility of RDF, and the Semantic Web vision. Has anyone tried
> explaining the Semantic Web in a few simple paragraphs? [1] It's not easy
> to do because the definitions are so difficult. There's a lot still to be
> learned, and communicating what we already have out there to the world is
> so difficult because there aren't all that many popular uses for RDF
right
> now. It's not like the early Web where once a Web browser was built we
were
> more or less there; the Semantic Web is going to take a lot of
> bootstrapping and hard work to get into place.
> Having said that, I hope that W3C origination and backing counts for
> something...
>
> [1] My few simple paragraphs expanded into http://purl.org/swag/whatIsSW
>
> --
> Kindest Regards,
> Sean B. Palmer
> @prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
> [ :name "Sean B. Palmer" ] :hasHomepage <http://infomesh.net/sbp/> .
>
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