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RE: Feedback on RDFa Primer

From: Hausenblas, Michael <michael.hausenblas@joanneum.at>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 16:46:34 +0200
Message-ID: <768DACDC356ED04EA1F1130F97D29852012A4A24@RZJC2EX.jr1.local>
To: "Shane McCarron" <shane@aptest.com>, "Mark Birbeck" <mark.birbeck@formsPlayer.com>
Cc: "Ben Adida" <ben@adida.net>, "Manu Sporny" <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "RDFa" <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>


> [...]
> The real story is the ready realization of the semantic web. 
> "RDFa Primer - Semantic Web made Easy"

This exactly what I think. It took me some months to realise it,
I've to admit, but actually technologies as RDFa, eRDF, GRDDL, etc.
are the missing link in the Semantic Web Stack. There are ongoing
discussions in, e.g., semantic-web@w3.org about the true nature of the
Semantic Web Stack; my version can be found in [1] (cf. 'Motivation').
There, I propose that RDFa should play the central role of being
the 'glue' between (human user targeted) HTML and the (SW agent
RDF-based metadata. IMHO this really is the realisation of the Semantic
as the SW has been kind of defined that is should be an 'extension of
the Web'
rather than a replacement.


[1] http://sw-app.org/phd/swma_ext_abstract.pdf 

 Michael Hausenblas, MSc.
 Institute of Information Systems & Information Management
 JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
 Steyrergasse 17, A-8010 Graz, AUSTRIA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shane McCarron [mailto:shane@aptest.com] 
> Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 4:12 PM
> To: Mark Birbeck
> Cc: Ben Adida; Hausenblas, Michael; Manu Sporny; RDFa
> Subject: Re: Feedback on RDFa Primer
> Mark Birbeck wrote:
> > The reason I say that creating triples is not the goal 
> itself is that 
> > is very RDF-centric. Any RDF developer reading the primer 
> will see the 
> > RDF-ness without any trouble, so we don't need to labour 
> that. And any 
> > non-RDF aware author does not need to be distracted by it. 
> For authors 
> > then, the goal is marking up their metadata in a way that makes it 
> > usable by other applications--interpreting that mark-up as RDF is 
> > essentially step 2.
> Just to expand on this thought.... that's actually brilliant 
> Mark.  What an author is doing via RDFa is easily adding 
> machine processable semantics.  The fact that it happens to 
> be "RDF" is a happy coincidence.  Seriously.... who cares 
> that it is RDF (in the primer)?  
> The real story is the ready realization of the semantic web. 
> "RDFa Primer - Semantic Web made Easy"
> Now there's a title for you.
> -- 
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