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Re: [tangle] getting the semweb exactly wrong

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 14:03:01 -0500
Message-Id: <BA55C96A-583E-4968-882A-66F9A60CBA22@w3.org>
Cc: Frank Manola <fmanola@acm.org>, Timothy Falconer <timothy@immuexa.com>, semantic-web@w3.org
To: Jan Algermissen <jalgermissen@topicmapping.com>

On Jan 3, 2006, at 17:48, Jan Algermissen wrote:

> Frank,
> there's a lot of value in your reply which I hope to be able to  
> address tomorrow. Just a quick comment now:
> On Jan 3, 2006, at 11:12 PM, Frank Manola wrote:
>> Anyway, I think the trade-offs involved in using RDF in the  
>> Semantic Web are reasonable ones.  But I think sometimes that the  
>> differences with prior work (including work prior to the  
>> relational model) are sometimes exaggerated.
> I think that the most important question to be answered is this:
> What problems that I today have with the relational model would be  
> better addressed if I used RDF+OWL?
> IOW, what is the killer argument for abandoning my RDBMS and using  
> an RDF store instead?

One answer is: don't!  The SemWeb is about conecting the data to what  
it means.
Keep the data in the place where it works and runs fast.
Find/Write ontologies about what the data is about.
Run a virtual RDF server (supporting SPARQL if a large DB) on top of  
the data.
publish the connection between the database columns and the ontolgies.

Look at ways to connect the DB with others inside & outside the company.

Write new reports in terms the model at higher level of abstraction,  
using the RDF apis.

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