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RE: Communal RDF Statements

From: Dan Zambonini <dan.zambonini@boxuk.com>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 10:54:30 +0100
Message-ID: <56253D2C9E63BB418ABBEE56AC9417020AE2B6@missmarple.intra.boxuk.net>
To: "Kirkham, Pete \(UK\)" <pete.kirkham@baesystems.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> What do you expect people to do with the rdf?

I take your point about the need for trusted ontologies.  I guess I'm
impressed by the quality of wikipedia (if you'd shown me the idea on
paper, I wouldn't have thought that its contents could be as trusted as
they are), and was hoping that we could kick-start the general adoption
of RDF metadata by giving people an obvious source for general
ontologies.  For example, blogging/photo sharing (I guess 'tagging')
devices could use these URIs, rather than the current free-text tag
labels, to mark-up their content - thereby taking the current trend for
social tagging (e.g. 43things, flickr) to a new level (as the tags would
all be inter-related by the additional RDF logic for each, held at the
central resource).

For my own purposes, I work with industries that are similar, but have
different, domain specific ontologies (e.g. museums and heritage,
culture and the arts, education).  These ontologies are rarely related
to one another - and I'd love to be able to relate the metadata for all
these industries by having common URIs used for some of the metadata
(e.g. any of these industries could use the 'Victorian Era' uri, which
would then contain logic about dates, etc, allowing further exploration
of the topic).

> How far would you get to your use cases by scraping wikipedia source?

Funny you mention that - I already tried (e.g.
http://www.rdfuri.com/wiki/Dog, you can change the word at the end to
any wikipedia resource) - and you can get so far... But of course I'd
like to add more OWL-like logical statements, to say whether resources
are mutually exclusive, part of a larger group, etc).  I guess an
alternative would be for wikipedia to allow embedded RDF statements
within each page, but I was thinking for the ease of the SW agents, it
would be so nice to get to each URI and find some raw RDF at the end of
each one, rather than have to scrape.



Dan Zambonini
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