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Re: Semantic mail

From: Jim Hendler <jhendler@darpa.mil>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 20:05:50 -0500
Message-Id: <v04210101b62fa80d48a9@[]>
To: gf@medianet.org, phayes@ai.uwf.edu
Cc: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
>With respect, I don't see the point in your proposal. Mail (not just
>email, but mail more generally) is inherently a push rather than pull
>phenomenon. That is why we send things to addresses. If email were a
>pull technology it just wouldn't work. Have you ever tried to
>schedule a meeting using email? In answer to your query: no, I would
>certainly not put such tags into (most of) my email.

Guess I disagree - if more people tagged their mail, more filtering 
could occur (i.e. assume you tag to make it EASIER for me to find 
your mail) -- in particular, think how much easier to search mail 
archives and etc. if mail was marked up with some metadata.
  I would not do much to metadata tag my mail (or much else), but as 
those of you who know the DAML program I'm running know - I think we 
can make tagging very easy in many cases.  Example - a little menu in 
my mailer that let me choose an ontology and some properties -- put 
it on my mail (and gaurantee those would propagate unless someone 
explicitely removed) woudl be great -- then this "semantic mail" 
thread, for example, could be something I could track and trace (see 
Pat, it's not all push) or filter when I get bored.
  I think easy to use taggers, tied to machine readable technologies, 
will be a really important technology -- DAML folks out there, that's 
one for someone looking for what to do...
  -Jim H

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