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Re: "destabilizing core technologies: was Re: An RDF wishlist

From: Henry Story <henry.story@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 11:58:28 +0200
Cc: Ian Davis <lists@iandavis.com>, Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
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To: Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net>

On 2 Jul 2010, at 11:39, Patrick Durusau wrote:

> Good point. But the basic tools to handle data have been around for a long time.

The web could only get going in the 90ies when 

  1) Windows 95 become (A GUI) widely deployed and relatively stable and had support for threads
  2) modems were cheap and available
  [3 the soviet unions had fallen, so the fear mongers had no security buttons to press]

In 1997 the SSL layer (https) gave an extra boost as it made commerce possible.

> Why so long to get to the place where users can say: "I want to make one of those." ?

   There are many reasons, but most of all is that people don't in fact understand hypertext, as being linked information. Or the people in charge of data don't think of it that way easily.

   Engineers have for 50 years been educated in closed world systems, every programming language
including Prolog and lisp have local naming conventions that don't scale globally, and database people
make a fortune with SQL. The people interact only very lightly with the web. Usually there is a layer of "Web Monkeys" in between them and the web. 

   So when you ask those engineers to build a global distributed information system, they 
come up with the closest to what they know - which is remote method calls - and they invent XML/RPC which leads to SOAP. 

  So it is not easy to get the knowledgeable people on board. The Web Monkeys are not very good at modelling, and the back end engineers don't understand the web. Finally the business people have problems understanding abstract concepts such as network effect.

  It just took time then to do a few demos, which the University of Berlin put together, slowly getting other people on board.

  It just takes time to rewire the brain of millions of people.

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