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RE: Documents, Cars, Hills, and Valleys

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 08:51:50 -0700
Message-ID: <4F4182C71C1FDD4BA0937A7EB7B8B4C104F056A0@red-msg-08.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Danny Ayers" <danny666@virgilio.it>, <msabin@interx.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
> couple of points I must take issue with. The main issue for me is the
> underlying assumption that a semantic web needs the explicit assertion
> metadata by content providers for it to work. A related issue, IMHO,

This is exactly opposite to what the semantic web is about.  A content
provider putting assertions inside his own content is a closed system.
We want 5,000 different people to be able to make assertions about
http://www.microsoft.com, without needing the cooperation of Microsoft
or any other central authority.  They should be able to make these
assertions even if http://www.microsoft.com happens to be unavailable.

I think Sean's example did a fine job of explaining the problem.
Received on Tuesday, 23 April 2002 13:55:18 UTC

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