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Re: URIQA thwarted by context problems?

From: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2004 19:41:52 -0700
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To: "Phil Dawes" <pdawes@users.sourceforge.net>
Cc: patrick.stickler@nokia.com, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Phil -

A possible initial step towards automating the use of context is as follows.

Be able to reason in executable English about rdf triples.

The "Semantic Web Presentation" at our site**  talks about adding such a 
layer of meaning.

The examples called RDFQueryLangComparison1 and SemanticWebOntology1 at the 
same site suggest how to actually do it.

Do you think that may that help?

                                 Cheers,  -- Adrian

      ** www.reengineeringllc.com

At 05:59 PM 10/8/2004 +0000, you wrote:

>Hi Patrick,
>I'm afraid that the more work I do with rdf, the more I'm having
>problems seeing URIQA working as a mechanism for bootstrapping the
>semantic web.
>The main problem I think is that when discovering new information,
>people are always required to sort out context (a point made by Uche
>Ogbuji on the rdf-interest list recently).
>When identifying new terms, some mechanism has to exist to decide
>whether the author's definition of the term fits with its use in the
>instance data, and that that tallies with the context in which the
>system is attempting to use the data. To my mind this prohibits a
>system 'discovering' a new term without a human vetoing and managing
>its use.
>Of course this doesn't prohibit the decentralisation of such
>context-management work - e.g. a third party could recommend a
>particular ontological mapping of terms based on an agreed context. I
>just don't see machines being able to do this work on an ad-hoc basis
>any time soon.
>You've been doing a lot of work on trust/context etc.. in addition to
>URIQA, so I'd be interested to hear your views on this.
>Many thanks,
Received on Saturday, 9 October 2004 23:40:35 UTC

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