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RE: Recommendations for *non-technical* introductions to Semantic Web (and RDF/XML) ?

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 13:50:20 +0200
To: "Dan Brickley" <danbri@w3.org>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Cc: <public-esw@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BKELLDAGKABIOCHDFDBPCEIBCJAA.danny666@virgilio.it>

My attempt at RDF in 500 words :


I think the only tech assumption is that the reader has an idea what the web
is.  I should really see if I can get rid of this dependency...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org
> [mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Dan Brickley
> Sent: 28 April 2003 13:08
> To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
> Cc: public-esw@w3.org
> Subject: Recommendations for *non-technical* introductions to Semantic
> Web (and RDF/XML) ?
> (copying swad-europe list)
> Hi
> I'm looking for existing non-technical intro materials on Semantic Web
> and RDF/XML, ie. that doesn't assume one knows what XML or RDF is
> or for that matter what the Web/Internet is, except largely in
> terms of user experience. They could assume some experience with HTML and
> URLs and Web browsers and search engines...
> So I was thinking about this last week, and the odd combination of
> the following popped into my head as a 'reading list' / backgrounder:
> TimBL's book([1]), since the SW project is just a natural continuation of
> the Web project. The Berners-Lee/Hendler/Lassila Scientific American
> article (although it does geek out a bit towards the end). I also found
> Paul Ford's "August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the
> Semantic Web"
> strangely charming, v usefully couched more in terms of user
> experience and
> business case than in terms of technology. Similarly I picked the
> " Statement on the Intent and Use of PICS: Using PICS Well"[4] as
> background on
> the pluralistic policy context behind SW and the RDF design, even
> though it
> doesn't mention the Semantic Web at all.
> This list is of course not intended to be complete. But rather
> than going on
> I'd rather hear what other folks here are using and recommending.
> Remember
> I'm looking for non-geeky stuff, so things like the (imho excellent)
> RDF Primer[5] are probably out of scope, although the first couple of
> paragraphs from the Primer intro would be useful to excerpt for a
> non-technical
> reading list. Similarly, if there are other technical works out there
> with non-tech sections worth noting, I'd be interested to see them listed.
> If people have any docs or other materials to mention I'll summarise any
> followups to this thread in the ESW Wiki somewhere([6]), and hopefully we
> can begin a compare and contrast on different strategies for introducing
> the concept of the Semantic Web...
> thanks for any suggestions,
> Dan
> [1] http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Weaving/Overview.html
> [2]
> http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=00048144-10D2-1C70-84A9

[3] http://www.ftrain.com/google_takes_all.html
[4] http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-PICS-Statement
[5] http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-primer/
[6] http://esw.w3.org/topic/FrontPage
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