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RE: D-AG0009; Semantic Web & Web architecture

From: Champion, Mike <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 22:11:57 -0700
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org]
> Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 11:48 PM
> To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
> Subject: D-AG0009; Semantic Web & Web architecture
> This goal reads;
>   "is aligned with the semantic web initiative at W3C and the overall
>    existing web architecture"
> I'm not sure what to pick at here.  I suppose that the word "aligned"
> may not perfectly reflect what our charter states.  But I think it's
> reasonable, considering that this is a goal, and not a requirement.

Yeah, but the point of analyzing goals is to come up with a requirements
document, no?   I think we need to be somewhat more specific.  It could
require a dicussion much like the "do we require XML" discussion, e.g. "to
what extent should definition specification(s) employ RDF".   It seems to me
that there is a continuum here, from "the semantic web technologies MUST be
employed in the web services architecture wherever possible" to "the
semantic web initiative MAY have something to say about web services
architecture and if so we will pay attention."

Also, as unpleasant as this may be, there is a certain "meme" propagated by
the press to the effect that the SW stuff has distracted the W3C from web
services.  We ARE going to have to come up with a story on this ... either
it is critical, desireable, potentially interesting, or something.  If we
put out a Requirements doc that simply says "aligned with the semantic web"
then the first thing a reasonably competent reporter would ask is "what does
that MEAN?"
> I also wonder whether D-AG0011 is a necessary separate goal, as it
> appears to be a subset of this goal.

I agree it should be a separate goal.  And another long discussion, or at
least we have to pick up on the threads started on the dist-app and TAG
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