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[ontoweb-list] Re: [seweb-list] A discussion: Is semantic web an old fashioned idea?Is it bubble,unworthy or an interesting research area - Post your c omments

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 13:18:58 -0400
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To: Jean-Luc Delatre <jld@club-internet.fr>, "Vandendriessche, Frederik" <frederik.vandendriessche@eds.com>
Cc: kaw@swi.psy.uva.nl, acl@opus.cs.columbia.edu, www-rdf-interest@w3.org, www-annotation@w3.org, ontology@fipa.org, seweb-list@www1-c703.uibk.ac.at, semanticweb@yahoogroups.com, irlist-editor@acm.org, daml-all@daml.org, ontoweb-list@www1-c703.uibk.ac.at
(This is way too cross posted, so after my one shot, this blast, I 
will not reply to any email sent to more than one group at a time)

At 12:49 +0200 6/17/04, Jean-Luc Delatre wrote:
>
>
>Is the Semantic Web a realistic endeavour
>or just a SCAM aimed at collecting funds
>from research, VCs or otherwise?
>
Oh my G-d, they're on to us!  Better tell all those folks at IBM, HP, 
Adobe, Sun, Cisco, Fujitsu, Microsoft, Nokia, etc. etc. to stop 
pretending to do this stuff!!!  :->

Of course, if the author is open-minded enough to try, he could look 
at the testimonials that came out with Owl and RDF [1] from people at 
many places who are using this technology for real, could explore 
some of the uses in current systems (I'd suggest Adobe XMP as a 
start) and could talk to some of the people actually doing this stuff 
before sending our such a ridiculous ad hominem attack

In fact, here's my challenge - I'll bet that by the end of this 
calendar year there will be RDF and/or OWL on over 10 
million-accessible resources, that a search engine will be available 
that indexes at lover
250,000 web pages with RDF or OWL on them and finds at least 20M RDF 
triples on these pages, that OWL ontologies with over 10,000 classes 
are available on line, and that at least one major software vendor 
will announce an ontology management system.  What's more, I'll bet 
any amount of money anyone wishes that this will be the case [2]


[1] http://www.w3.org/2004/01/sws-testimonial
[2] note, before you bet you might want to consider that all of these 
are already true, so my bet is a pretty sure thing.  cf: Adobe's XMP, 
Geoff Chappell's search engine, the NCI ontology (and OpenCyc), and 
IBM's SNObase.
-- 
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