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Re: Semantic Web culture vs Startup culture

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:50:15 -0400
Message-ID: <5339B8E7.3040205@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 3/31/14 1:48 PM, Paul Houle wrote:
>   What makes me laff is that the same people who think "RDF sucks"
> think Neo4J is the bee's knees.  (Even if they've never quite shipped
> an actual product with it,  or if they did a demo it performs worse
> than the same demo I did with MySQL in 2002)
> Somehow,  SPARQL has never been seen as a "NoSQL" and I don't know why.

You hone into a really important point, basically (in my eyes) the crux 
of the matter in regards to the RDF, Web Developers, and Startups driven 
by Web Developers problem.

Basically, Database and Database Management System (DBMS) conflation has 
created a major source of industry-wide confusion. You can't hold a 
trivial discussion about Data without immediately hitting the Database 
and DBMS conflation problem.

RDF enables one understand that a Database [1] is different from a 
Database Management System [2] or Relational Database Management System 
(RDBMS) [3]. It even goes much further by bringing relations to the 
forefront of discussions about data -- which ultimately helps folks 
understand how entity relations can be expressed, represented, and 
ultimately managed in different ways.

The only way to neutralize the virtues of RDF is to conjure up and mass 
promote an incomprehensible narrative that creates the illusion of it 
being a content format. Sadly, that happened too :-(

[1] http://bit.ly/1lyoGMM -- Database
[2] http://bit.ly/1d6gvSR -- Database Management System
[3] http://bit.ly/1n1FrMr -- Relational Database Management System
[4] http://bit.ly/1gI9o4O -- NoSQL (Not Only SQL)
[5] http://bit.ly/1cboa41 -- NewSQL (New Structured Query Language)
[6] http://bit.ly/12OHGbb -- Glossary of Terms .



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