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Re: Review of RDFTM Survey

From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@ontopia.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 13:18:35 +0100
To: swbp <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <m3acpmutpg.fsf@pavarotti.intern.opera.no>

Thanks for an excellent review. Again, I am skipping over the things I
agree with (which is nearly everything) and just answering specific
questions and asking some questions of my own.

* Natasha Noy
| Finally, can the WG notes refer to results from proprietary products
| (such as some of the solutions that are only hinted at in the papers
| and are implemented inside Ontopia products)?

Why not, really? I mean that seriously. What's the problem?
| In section 3.3.1, the paragraph that starts with "Interestingly,
| what appears to be a very opaque RDF" seems very subjective. I would
| suggest removing it.

I think this is just a matter of wording. The observation is sound
enough, but it could perhaps be reworded to make it seem more

| I would be careful about statements like the following in section
| 3.6: "superset of the most popular proposed semantic web metamodels
| (viz XML, RDF, and Topic Maps)". I doubt we want any document coming
| out ot this WG to refer to XML as a semantic web metamodel, do we?

Personally, I don't see the problem, given that the statement is
obviously true. I do realize there's a potential political problem
here, though, so official guidance would be nice.

| A naive question: RDF has metamodeling capabilities: a class can be
| an instance of another class. Is a similar think available in Topic
| Maps?

It is, in exactly the same way.
| Minor point: where available, it would have been helpful to have
| URLs for references, particularly for the ones that are solely web
| documents, such as various reports from Ontopia.

I guess you've read this on paper, because whenever the documents have
URLs the titles are links to the web versions of the papers. Maybe the
URLs should be shown explicitly in the text for those who read on
paper. I see other W3C documents do this.

Lars Marius Garshol, Ontopian         <URL: http://www.ontopia.net >
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