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Re: Semantic Web gTLDs

From: Dr. Francis MUGUET <muguet@ensta.fr>
Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 14:43:44 +0200
Message-ID: <4347BF00.5060200@ensta.fr>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
CC: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>

Dear Henry
> getting a HUGE amount of metadata out there on the web is just one
> step away. [1]
> All it needs is one service provider to place a SPARQL layer in front
> of their database, and allow people to query their data. You would  
> immediately
> get excellent quality data to use. Amazon.com could easily do this,  ebay,
> or even much smaller organizations. I think this will be the best way to
> launch the SemWeb quickly, as it does not require people to agree on the
> first draft of an ontology, and the data is immediately useful  without 
> requiring
> someone to write a super aggregator first.
Yes, this is a great suggestion, lets have existing databases be 
accessible through the SWgTLDs  !

Retrospectively ( possibly a very naive remark from a newcomer ),
  one may wonder why,
  that besides trying to get text content as "machine readable" content,
  why it has not been thought much sooner,
at the beginning of the SW,
to make existing   "machine readable" contents ie databases
be accessible within the SW....

In a very tentative (and not accurate) way of comparison,
since the results of databases queries are akin to dynamic
content,  SPARQL is the PHP of the SW.

In a way, the SW was static, it becomes dynamic.

> So if your organization has useful data, just convince them to make  it 
> available
> this way.
Yes, indeed since SPARQL, a recently available RDF compatible query 
language  seems to generate positive feedbacks :
SPARQL: Web 2.0 Meet the Semantic Web

Thanks a lot, yes,  SPARQL will be added as an explicit requirement for
databases in SWgTLDs extensions.
This does mean that owners of SWgTLD domain shall be forced to implement
a SPARQL interface to all their databases, but if they choose to make
available a database through a SWgTLD domain name, then this database
should support SPARQL.

Concerning PR, tt would help also to present
the SWgTLDs as the Web 2.0 gTLDs.

Thanks a lot for your suggestion.


> Henry Story
> [1] http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/bblfish/20051003
> On 7 Oct 2005, at 14:21, Dr. Francis MUGUET wrote:
>> Hello Danny
>>> How do respond to suggestions that new TLDs are harmful to the  Web, 
>>> e.g.
>> My proposal is to not create  "traditionnal" new gTLDs, but to create
>> new gTLDs that empowers new technologies, make them implementable.
>> So far, the progress of the semantic web (SW) has been very slow, and
>> often derided as the "pedantic web".
>> One may ask questions why the SW progress has been so slow.
>> If there is any studies on this, please let me know.
>> Use of metadata has been reduced in comparison to the early days of
>> the Web. Except for specialized ones, search engines are not  relying 
>> on Metadata anymore, because metadata have been spoilt by  pornographers
>> and "referencing" companies that are using any conceivable trick
>> to cheat the referencing algorithm of search engines that must
>> constantly evolve to fight those tricks. There is a secret war
>> going out there.
>> One goal of a SWgTLD is a get clean, unspoilt, METADATA.
>> Sites that are purposedly spoiling their metadata, are removed
>> from the SWgTLD registry.
>> Since the goal of SWgTLD domain is to bring a real added value
>> to the Web, and not to fill the pockets of private companies
>> acting as registrars, we do not care if there is not a rush
>> to  SWgTLDs domains in the beginning.
>> Anyway, it cannot be slower that the actual progress of
>> the SW in the current chaotic and corrupted cyberspace.



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