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Re: Schema.org in RDF ...

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 23:57:58 +0100
Message-ID: <4DF3F2F6.5090501@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 6/11/11 8:20 PM, Richard Cyganiak wrote:
> Look, Alan. I've wasted eight years arguing about that shit and defending httpRange-14, and I'm sick and tired of it. Google, Yahoo, Bing, Facebook, Freebase and the New York Times are violating httpRange-14. I consider that battle lost. I recanted. I've come to embrace agnosticism and I am not planning to waste any more time discussing these issues.
Editor redo:

Richard,

The battle isn't lost. The basic lesson is this, less talk and more 
walk. To date httpRange-14 has been a clump of gobbledygook to most. 
This is why I've always raised concerns with both the RDF and Linked 
Data narratives.

RDF *supporters* seek to push it as the sole option for Linked Data 
which is a brutal fallacy, diabolical marketing, and the cruelest of 
obstructions to insert into Linked Data's momentum.

Linked Data is about a time *tested* computing practice re.,  "data 
access by reference". There are a vast number of programmers outside the 
W3C that understand de-reference (indirection) and address-of 
operations. These basic operations are utterly lost in the httpRange-14 
narrative because it opted to carve out an island from the broader 
continent that is computer science. Computer science preceded the 
ubiquitous WWW.

Using Links as espoused by TimBL's Linked Data meme is an innovation 
that has its origins in the age-old computing realm of "data access by 
reference". The difference is that we are using this old concept at 
InterWeb scale via hyperlinks. The day we tweak the narrative is the day 
the confusion starts to dissipate. Disambiguating de-reference 
(indirection) and address-of operations via a HTTP messaging heuristic 
such that Objects are endowed with Names is a no-brainer, but only when 
the concept is understood. Thus, as stated in my earlier post, we have 
to make solutions that demonstrate the underlying power of this old 
concept that's now available to end-users, power-users, integrators, and 
developers via hyperlinks.

Let's keep on educating, but via solutions that make value palpable.


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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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