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Re: EE Times - Sony lab tips 'emergent semantics' to make sense of Web

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 10:24:13 +0100
Message-ID: <418F3B3D.9080608@w3.org>
To: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Frank van Harmelen wrote:
> I agree. Another way of saying this is that the Sony text confuses a 
> *goal* (Semantic Web) with a *method* to achieve the goal (emergent 
> semantics, according to them).
> I would think that nobody in the Semantic Web community claims that 
> there is only one way of achieving the goal: handcrafted explicit 
> symbolic representations are one way, emergent semantics might well be 
> another.
> So instead of saying:
> "emergent semantics as an alternative to the W3C's Semantic Web"
> they should have said
> "emergent semantics as an alternative *approach* to the W3C's Semantic Web"

"emergent semantics is one of the (many) ways of achieving the goals of the W3C's Semantic 
Web". I just fail to see why it would be an alternative to anything...:-) I actually 
appload the sony technology (if it works, that is;-) as a possible and interesting way to 
build ontologies (or simply metadata) that can be used by the SW... The rest is marketing 
rubbish imho.

> (and even then it is debatable how "alternative" it is, given that lots 
> of existing work is quite in the spirit of "emergent semantics").


> Frank van Harmelen.
>    ---
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> Department of AI, Faculty of Sciences,  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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