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Re: Wiki-based vocabulary website idea

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 01:04:31 -0400
Message-ID: <4A123DDF.7000503@openlinksw.com>
To: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>
CC: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, RDFa TF list <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>, Public RDFa <public-rdfa@w3.org>, mikelangjr@revelytix.com
Lee Feigenbaum wrote:
> Manu Sporny wrote:
> > http://rdfa.info/wiki/wiki-based-vocabulary-website#State_of_the_Art
> >
>> Looking for more feedback...
> [[ CCing Mike Lang Jr, who might have a thought to add here ]]
> The entry on Knoodl states:
> """
> Proprietary mechanisms should not be used to support core web 
> infrastructure.
> """
> I wonder if this is a widely held view / consensus in the RDFa community?
> I often talk to people relatively unfamiliar with the Semantic Web 
> landscape and praise what I consider a fairly healthy mix of 
> commercial, free-but-proprietary, and open-source solutions. I'm 
> (personally) a bit dismayed that free-but-proprietary (or even, for 
> that matter, commercial) solutions would be written off a priori by 
> core advocates of the advancement of a Semantic Web vision. I worry 
> also that an a priori refusal to consider commercial or 
> free-but-proprietary for community efforts will encourage somewhat of 
> a (wider?) schism in the overall direction of Semantic Web vendors and 
> (for lack of a better term) Semantic Web community projects, and I 
> don't really think that benefits anyone.
+1 to that sentiment expressed.
> I'd much prefer that commercial or proprietary systems be considered 
> along with free or open systems on their merits. Of course, cost may 
> be a con to some commercial approaches (but consider inherent costs 
> involved with even open approaches to hosting domains, e.g.), as may 
> restrictive terms of service or reliability of service -- but it's a 
> far different thing to write off something with the potential of 
> Knoodl for such grand reasons as the one quoted above.
We should be open, and in an unadulterated way. Swapping one mono 
culture for another solves nothing longterm.




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