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Re: peer-to-peer schema models: "Users, not designers, create and communicate meaning."

From: Lisa Seeman <lisa@ubaccess.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 09:55:05 +0200
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, ivan@w3.org
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-id: <018401c4dcfc$1aff6130$680aa8c0@IBMA4E63BE0B9E>
While I do not know of projects who are doing this, this is a realy
interesting concept.
A bunch of diverse and interesting applications spring to mind...

Religions over the years evolved by a mechanism of interpretations, and
interpretations or interpretations.
Morales and society norms, have followed the same pattern.
Law is another example where an original text is less relevant then how it
has been understood and applied over the years.
In fact it seems true that once an author passes over a text it's meaning is
no longer his, it moves on the users, and original intent becomes less
relevant then how others understand it.

Could you keep me informed on where you go with this?

sorry for going of the topic,


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jonathan Chetwynd
  To: ivan@w3.org
  Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
  Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 10:25 PM
  Subject: peer-to-peer schema models: "Users, not designers, create and
communicate meaning."

  Does anyone know of current peer-to-peer RDF projects?

  By this I am referring to projects where the RDF metacontent or schema
  is defined over time by users.
  (some people might consider the CD labelling project of this type.)

  I've proposed this model for a number of projects including:
  The WWAAC concept coding framework project
  The CEN metadata for accessibility  project

  There may well be significant hurdles in adopting this approach,
  however was inspired to request evidence of current successes by the
  excellent: "Where the Action Is"  The foundations of embodied
  interaction by Paul Dourish.
  when after a particularly intractable and rambling passage he announces:

  "Principle: Users, not designers, create and communicate meaning."


  Jonathan Chetwynd
  http://www.peepo.co.uk     "It's easy to use"
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