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Re: [tangle] getting the semweb exactly wrong

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 18:58:52 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd0601030958n1983dd03m311e2d519c08abf5@mail.gmail.com>
To: Frank Manola <fmanola@acm.org>
Cc: Timothy Falconer <timothy@immuexa.com>, semantic-web@w3.org

> Timothy Falconer wrote:
> > Blog post excerpt:
> >
> > "Reading such comments confounds me, since they've got it *exactly*
> > wrong. The Semantic Web approach is LOOSE, not normalized.


On 1/3/06, Frank Manola <fmanola@acm.org> wrote:
> if that's the case, from a relational data modeling perspective, RDF
> data is *highly* normalized:

Frank's technically correct of course, but in Timothy's defence, the
word "normalized" came from a David Weinberger quote :
I fear that the Semantic Web will go the way of SGML and for basically
the same reason: normalization of metadata works real well in confined
applications where the payoff is high, control is centralized and
discipline can be enforced. In other words: not the Web.

Frank, Timothy, anyone - got any words that would be comprehensible
for the non-specialist but also accurately convey what Weinberger is
trying to say? (So we can say he's wrong more formally ;-)



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