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Q: From RDF expectations and experiences to requirements?!

From: Wolfram Conen <conen@wi-inf.uni-essen.de>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 16:03:45 +0100
Message-ID: <3A782951.9A9C1818@wi-inf.uni-essen.de>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Dear RDF-IG members,

I guess, each member of this list has her/his own personal "history"
related to RDF. Starting from some hopes and expectation of what
(something like) RDF could/should do, experiences in developing
ideas/concepts/tools/systems/applications have been made, leading
sometimes to success, sometimes to disappointment.

There is definetely something that could be learned from this wealth of
experience. Maybe this would enable us to ask not only "Where are we
heading to?" but also "Where should we be heading to?"

If the answer to this question seems to be relevant to you, please,
share your experiences and opinions (you may send it to the rdf-g, or to
me -- I will prepare a digest later for the rdf-ig. Pointers to "old"
mails with opinions  that are still up-to-date are also welcome).

As an inspiration, here are some questions that you may want to address:

[Solving Problems]
What problems did you/do you see that require an RDF-like solution?
Have you been able to use RDF to solve the problems? If no: Why not?
What are the key features of RDF that you like?  Are there features you
don't like? What is missing (and why?) (with respect to the problem)

What do you expect RDF2.0 to be (educated guess)? What do you want to
see in RDF2.0? Regarding Schemata: would you rather have mechanisms to
embed RDF in various "host formalisms" or see RDF evolve into a
full-fledged "KR" language (with "fixed" interpretation) with its own
semantics? Do you think that a more formal capturing of the RDF Schema
constraints could improve comprehensibility and/or interchangability of
RDF Schemata?

[More "philosophical" stuff] 
Why did you/do you think that RDF has/can/will (not) develop(ed) into an
success? Have you encountered non-trivial RDF applications? 
Will RDF play a key role in the upcoming "Semantic Web"? Why?
Accepting the idea that an RDF-like "system" is useful, how could/should
it look like? Do you expect the evolution of RDF to result in such a

etc., much more is possible and welcome. 

Thanks for your help,
Received on Wednesday, 31 January 2001 09:50:04 UTC

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