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Re: A discussion: Is semantic web an old fashioned idea? Is it bubble, unworthy or an interesting research area - Post your comments

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 12:25:11 +0200
Message-ID: <40D17187.20709@virgilio.it>
To: Nick Gibbins <nmg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Cc: Miltiadis Lytras <mdl@eltrun.gr>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org, www-annotation@w3.org, acl@opus.cs.columbia.edu, kaw@swi.psy.uva.nl, daml-all@daml.org, ontoweb-list@www1-c703.uibk.ac.at, seweb-list@www1-c703.uibk.ac.at, irlist-editor@acm.org, ontology@fipa.org, ontology@cs.umbc.edu

Nick Gibbins wrote:

>While I have some sympathy with his cautious attitude towards the Semantic
>Web, Sowa misses the rich history of hypertext systems that the WWW draws
>on. A different characterisation of the growth of the Web might be:
>    1. In 6 years (1989 to 1995) with some hype and not
>       insignificant EU and US funding, the WWW evolved from
>       Tim BL's original proposal to a widespread but simple
>       system which is less advanced in certain ways than
>       previous hypermedia systems, such as the Hypertext
>       Editing System, Xanadu, NLS, OWL-Guide and Hypercard

Heh, a little cynicism goes a long way ;-)

btw, did anyone happen to save a copy of Ted Nelson's "XML is Evil" piece?




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