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Re: [semanticweb] Re: A discussion: Is semantic web an old fashioned idea?Is it bubble,unworthy or an interesting researcharea

From: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 11:10:36 -0400
Message-Id: <5.0.2.1.2.20040618105611.03003500@pop.snet.net>
To: Jean-Luc Delatre <jld@CLUB-INTERNET.FR>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org, semanticweb@yahoogroups.com

Jean-Luc,

Thanks for triggering this discussion.  You have winkled many good SW 
people out of their comfortable shells, and into the open. (:-)  In this 
way, I believe you have helped them, and many other people. to sift through 
the good, bad and ugly aspects.  Your opening was abrasive, but perhaps it 
had to be to get the intended effect.

At 12:14 PM 6/18/04 +0200, you wrote:
>P.S. There are indeed research directions which deserve the
>epithet "Semantic"

Yes, if it had been called the "Typed Web" or some such, that may have 
controlled the expectations better.

As you may know, we have been doing some work that seeks to reason not only 
with a highly declarative technical semantics, but also with human-oriented 
English (or French).

The "Semantic Web Presentation" at www.reengineeringllc.com talks about 
this.  There's also a system that is live, online.  One can use a browser 
to run a number of examples provided, and also to write and run one's own 
examples.

To summarize, the idea is that "semantic" (in this context) raises 
expectations that natural language will be used to some degree, and that's 
what we are doing.

Comments?          Cheers,  -- Adrian



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