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Vultures Re: what happened to schemaweb.info?

From: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:24:49 +0100
Message-ID: <47E265A1.60607@mondeca.com>
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Cc: SWIG <semantic-web@w3.org>

Hi Danny
> ... another one the name of which escapes me - something like Vultures?  (pretty sure it isn't that, but it'd make a
> cool name for some kind of harvester - what is the carrion of the web?).
>   
Of course it was Falcons, but indeed vultures would make a better 
metaphor. First because they are scavengers, and we badly need that 
given all the rotten stuff around, and second because they have a cool 
collective strategy to get at it. Vultures monitor a quite large 
territory from above, and at the same time the behavior of their 
neighbouring fellows. So if one moves down to a prey, the guys next door 
follow inwards and downwards, and the information propagates quickly to 
friends of friends.  Social semantic web, sort of. :-)
Falcons are not that kind of social birds (neither are owls). They hunt 
individually, for themselves and families at best. Good parents, 
not-so-good neighbours.

Bernard

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