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Re: How will the semantic web emerge

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 19:42:02 +0100
Message-Id: <61395B64-7A3E-4C91-A8D8-9A20C507FB9D@bblfish.net>
Cc: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
To: Xavier Noria <fxn@hashref.com>

I wrote the following a few months ago:


On 14 Dec 2005, at 16:13, Xavier Noria wrote:

> On Dec 14, 2005, at 15:51, Henry Story wrote:
>> It won't emerge by speaking about it.
>> It won't emerge first by adding annotations or any distributed  
>> metadata scheme as that requires a lot of people to agree on many  
>> things first.
>> The best way to start it, is to open up a database of valuable  
>> data to a SPARQL end point with a good ontology.
> Absolutely. I am somewhat new to SW, but looks like there are  
> enough standards to start somehow with the plumbing.
> Taking this pragmatic approach which I share: are you thinking on  
> publishing ontologies (that is schema + instances) as such for  
> others to use? Or are you thinking in RDF-but-private backends  
> accessible with some kind of front-end? In my view the former seems  
> sctrictly closer to the semantic web itself but needs third-party  
> applications to leverage the data, the latter uses semantic web  
> related technologies but if everything is server-side depending on  
> the data a relational database may be enough, that is, the  
> technology itself may not be differential, or in any case being  
> server-side might be not be considered proper semantic web.
> -- fxn
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