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Re: Semantic Web as Pragmatic Web

From: Alexander Zelitchenko <zelitchenk@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 00:17:47 -0800 (PST)
To: editor@content-wire.com
Cc: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <791801.83484.qm@web36907.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
Thank you, Paola;
  To continue our exchange of views, I'd like to say that I see natural development of PW as part of natural development of SW. In fact, most important thing is the set of tasks which may be resolved in framework of given approach. Obviously, 'classic' approach of SW is appropriate for some class of problems with high formality and low uncertainty and variability, which are usually introduced by the factor of "natural human psychology'. Obviously, out of this class SW need to develop other and perhaps more specific approaches. Some of them must be called 'Pragmatic Web'. I do not afraid (at least for the present moment) fuzzy definitions of what you call 'my pragmatic web', because the value of each approach and each definition here depend on how powerful web tool this approach creates. In other words, each approach must prove its usefulness and must find its own scope of application. I see this is as the only way to clarify what is 'real PW". 
  But in any case, I think it would be very useful to exchange by preliminary personal definitions of 'what must be called PW'
  P.S. By the way I also have no yet moderator approval from PW web-site and mailing list. Maybe  Christmas time is reason?

editor@content-wire.com wrote:
  thanks a lot for your thoughts
  My idea behind the semantic web corresponds to what we are now starting to call the pragmatic web
  except that 'semantic web' was the name given at the time
  Also my ideas of what the pragmatic web is/can be/will be is slightly different from your description, and slightly different from what the manifesto says
  I would say that we could start by creating a definition, or set of definitions that we can all agree on
  (otherwise it will be 'my pragmatic web')
  Regarding the technology, I do think that futures gen web technologies will evolve towards what is currently defined as pw, but I do perceive that as a natural evolution of the sw and maybe therefore
  will require a terminology adaptation ie name change
  finally I do think that from the pw vision a few pointers should come to help untangle the current struggles and knots that we are in the sw - as a lot of the problems that we may get stuck into today may not be central to what is ahead - but this can only happen if we open up the debate to all interested parties
  (I still have not received the mail confirmation from the pw mailing list! is it implicit? is anyone else on that list who could kindly nudge the list moderators on my behalf? thanks)
  more to talk I guess...
    ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alexander Zelitchenko 
  To: editor@content-wire.com 
  Cc: semantic-web@w3.org 
  Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2007 3:16 PM
  Subject: Re: Semantic Web as Pragmatic Web

    I'll simply try to explain my vision of your questions.
1. What does 'pragmatic web' mean, as opposed to 'semantic web?'
(is it just another buzzword, or does it better convey the meaning of
what is intended? 
  I use 'pragmatic web' not like synonym for 'semantic web'. Pragmatic web is subset of semantic web, where the practically infinite set of classes, traits, relations, attributes and so on is limited in effective way by intentions of web-participants.
  The second moment seems to be very important is that 'real ontology' is determined in pragmatic web in process of INTERACTION (between 2 human participants, as it is in "Manifest of pragmatic Web group" or between dialog wizard and one human participant in the article, which I propose to your attention).
  2. Are semantic web technologies, as we are developing them today,
going to be capable of delivering 'pragmatic' capabilities (that is
are they going to be capable of supporting context sensitive
reasoning?If not, what is missing)

  I do not think, that they are capable. There are a lot of things, which are well known to cognitive psychologists, but are missed in present approaches. First is experience. All human semantic is based on human experience (internal images of the world, as the world is represented namely by this person). The second thing is that human semantic is always semantic of acting human being with his aims, intentions, repertoir of actions and so on. The third thing is that human system for processing of meanings is multilevel one, where different levels use not exactly same principles of processing. There is also even more metaphysical 'fourth' principle of human semantic - "making of senses", but they must be discussed separately.  
  3. What kind of vision is there for the pragmatic web, what technologies?
  Pragmatic Web may include some thing (like seeing Web participant as acting persons, for example) into consideration and actively use man-machine interaction to clarifying 'real semantic'.

4. How would the vision for the pragmatic web fit into the vision for
the semantic web?
  Semantic Web today is philosophy and technology. Pragmatic Web is part of the same philosophy, but propose quite different technology. Technology of semantic web works well only in very formal application. The more application informal the less semantic web technology is appropriate. On the contrary, pragmatic web is addressed to wide range of 'non-formal' applications. Thus relationships between these 2 classes of technologies must resulted in each of them will be used for its own tasks. 
  See also

Here the Pragmatic Web manifesto:

    ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alexander Zelitchenko 
  To: semantic-web@w3.org 
  Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 4:12 PM
  Subject: Re: Semantic Web as Pragmatic Web

  Dear Adrian;
  Thank you too much. I read their manifest and do see that there are some co-thinking. Their main idea of human interaction, based on interactors' aims, to develop common ontology in specific field of mutual interest seems to be rather strong. Their criticism in respect of common Semantic Web restriction is quite precise. I defenetely will trace their activity and try to show them my vision. Once again - thank you.
  With best regards

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