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Re: Is Semantic Web possible ?

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 13:27:46 -0500
To: Stephane Fellah <fellah@pcigeomatics.com>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <20031110182745.GA16711@w3.org>

* Stephane Fellah <fellah@pcigeomatics.com> [2003-11-10 12:42-0500]
> 
> Hi,
> 
> To those of us believing in Semantic Web, meta-data, ontologies and
> such, this article by Clay Shirky:
> 
> 	http://www.shirky.com/writings/semantic_syllogism.html
> 
> might be quite traumatic.  It posits that real world is too fuzzy and
> too messy for any clean, deductive scheme to succeed.
> I am curious to get your opinion on this article.
> 
> Good read :-)

Yes, this one's been doing the rounds in weblogger land.

There was some discussion of it in RDF IG's IRC channel (#rdfig) 
at the weekend, as well as comments in various weblogs.

http://rdfig.xmlhack.com/2003/11/08/2003-11-08.html#1068292832.794263
http://dannyayers.com/archives/002017.html
http://dannyayers.com/archives/002016.html and others (see
www.daypop.com, www.blogdex.net, www.popdex.com etc for backlinks).


Probably the main conclusion I draw is that we should be clearer that
the rules aspect of Semantic Web is the icing on the cake, rather than 
the ultimate goal. Data on the Web is the goal, and that's perfectly 
achievable.

Dan
Received on Monday, 10 November 2003 13:28:06 GMT

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