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Re: D-AG0009; Semantic Web & Web architecture

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 13:36:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200203091836.NAA17074@markbaker.ca>
To: michael.mahan@nokia.com
Cc: Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com, www-ws-arch@w3.org
> In my kickoff of AG0011 

Couldn't find it initially, until I noticed the subject line is;
"D-AG0014 - Consistency".

>I did comment on these 2 offered properties of what it means to be consistent with the current web architecture. I believe there are other design principles of the existing web besides these in order to verify consistency. Goal 11 is all about, IMO, identifying all those significant principles/properties/constraints and then defining some requirements which states that our reference architecture does not contradict property_1, property_2, etc. 
> If this is correct, it sounds much different than the main theme of 9, which is to focus on the SW principles: machine understandable semantics, KR, non apriori clients, inferencing, etc. However since 9 is about consistency with what exists (current web) and 11 is about consistency (alignment) with what is envisioned (semantic web), one big overall goal of 'consistency' is understandable. 

I think that's the discussion at hand; is 9 only about the Semantic Web, or about Web architecture and the Semantic Web.  But ...

> That said, I see this as more of a management task. We are trying to get to a set of requirements, and divide and conquer is a good strategy - even if some the chosen boundaries are somewhat arbitrary.

I agree completely, and don't want to make a big issue of this.  If
unifying these goals doesn't happen, we can still ensure that they're
kept in synch.

> I still think that the best way to proceed is too acknowledge that the last part of 9: "and the overall existing web architecture" is redundant with 11 and should be removed. I am flexible however and if a quorum feels strongly enough to merge these, then that is OK with me. Maybe one bigger goal of overall consistency with subgoals like AG0006.

I would be happy with that.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
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