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Re: Showing the Semantic Web

From: Giovanni Tummarello <g.tummarello@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 23:07:55 +0100
Message-ID: <43CEBC3B.7090505@gmail.com>
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org

>But I'm pretty sure there is now a
>convincing array of 'true' applications out there, though still can't
>really answer the question :-(
My 2 Liras, on a rather "strange" evening i am living..
it is my feeling that a "true" Semantic Web application would 
necessarely involve a critical mass of issues to be solved or somehow 
pragmatically addressed at the "same time", requiring a mixture of 
technical, scientific, pragmatic solutions to address direcly the needs 
and the socio economical models leading to an overall "net effect" in 
usage of structured semantics. Research, usually, doesnt address such 
broad interconnected issues. Probably becouse its damn hard to do and 
requires a visionary mind and a lot of (accademic or otherwise) freedom 
to persue which is hard to have usually.

Seriously however i think the biggest need the SW has is an appropriate 
"transport layet".
Http is perfect for the web, you know where to ask, you ask, you get the 
page you display.
Http where do you exactly get the statements about 
http://example.com/philosophycal_concepts#freedom ? certainly nothing 
interesting lies on example.com, or nothing surprising anyway. Stuff 
that would make users go "wow" probably lies in DBs around. A "proper" 
"transport layer" would therefore somehow automatically (e.g. without 
explicitally namid the sources, else you're i nthe Sparql/named 
graph/well known db integration approach) connect those who ask about 
#freedom with those who write about it.
Like URIQA but automatically across the semantic web, something P2P a 
bit like RDFPeers (DHT storage of RDF graphs), but without the huge 
traffic generated at each query. RDFGrowth attemts to display such 
features, we'll see if it will be of any use once deployed publically.

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