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explain semantic web to your gran

From: H Hollis, Archaeology <hh3845@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:55:14 +0100
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-ID: <734066375.1092236114@artf-gcws11.arts.bris.ac.uk>

Hi, I'm an MA student with a question.

What site(s) would you show to your gran to explain the power of semantic 

I am designing an educational online database of digital archival material 
from a museum, in which I want the relationships between the objects 
(images, short films, artefacts, sound clips) to have a flexible 
associations. The objects in the database should be the starting point of 
exploration, not then end-point of a series of drop-down menus and 
categories. I want the user to have a part in creating the groups into 
which the artefacts are gathered (so a photo is not just boxed into 19th 
Century India but could also be gathered into images of Tigers, or Differnt 
Styles of Dress).

A colleague here in Bristol suggested I look into semantic web as a way of 
understanding versitile organisation systems for databases, but I am not a 
techie, and am not sure I would know a semantic web interface if it stared 
me in the face.

What sites can you recommend that might help me see what others have done 
and what is possible?

Many thanks for any help.

Heidi Hollis

H Hollis, MA Archaeology/Screen Media
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