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Re: Google Base and the Semantic Web

From: Anthony B. Coates <abcoates@idmm.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 08:44:14 -0000
To: www-tag@w3.org
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I'm a bit behind on reading the TAG list, but given that search engines  
are pretty much the only reason that the Web works as well as it does  
(HTML & HTTP are nice, but I remember the Web before search engines, and  
it was rather grim), I don't see how the Semantic Web can ever work either  
without search engines.  In practical terms, nobody has a clue how to make  
the Web work without search engines; at least, nobody has ever  
demonstrated such a thing that I am aware of.

Which is to say that getting Google and other search engines on board with  
a common and workable approach to Semantic Web content has to be a #1  
priority, because it's really the only game in town.

Cheers, Tony.

On Wed, 16 Nov 2005 16:25:44 -0000, <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com> wrote:

> I note that Google has just launched Google Base [1], which seems to be a
> metadata tagging system for Google-searchable content.  I'm curious as to
> how people feel this will affect the semantic web, as there appears to be
> considerable overlap between the problem that Google is trying to solve
> and the intended uses of RDF & OWL.  Thanks.

Anthony B. Coates, Director
Information Design, Messaging and Management
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Received on Monday, 28 November 2005 08:35:23 UTC

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