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Re: Enterprise semantics

From: Sebastian Samaruga <cognescent@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:53:11 -0300
Message-ID: <BANLkTimzceVYkuxuPNC8h-2tQ_24KUC4-Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: adasal <adam.saltiel@gmail.com>
Cc: Semantic web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Pragmatic web <pragmaticweb@listserv.uni-hohenheim.de>

Ongoing development efforts regarding an implementation of "Enterprise
smantics" as part of the Cognescent framework are being depicted in two
draft documents (currently only in spanish) available at
http://cognescent.blogspot.com (Functional & Technical Drafts).


On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM, adasal <adam.saltiel@gmail.com> wrote:

> Can I rephrase this question to see if I understand it correctly?
> I think you must be aware of the areas in which semantic technologies have
> been adopted, this includes publishing e.g. internal publishing of articles
> that pertain to the law and legislation, bio-medical research and, possibly,
> other areas of research where there is a need to express complex properties
> of a subject and surface them for investigators.
> How the semantic techniques in the above are accomplished may vary since
> many implementations have RDBMS as their back end, both as triple stores and
> other forms.
> Assuming only a triple store is used the question becomes what in general
> are the advantages of a simple fixed schema back end triple store plus
> semantic mappings over an RDBMS with ORM mappings.
> We would have to put aside the means by which each is developed and also
> variations such as where an ORM may be extended to accommodate Semantic
> mappings (perhaps through injection from a side by side triple store or
> otherwise.)
> Since semantic technologies are used in a business context, as pointed out,
> I will try to rephrase:-
> "Do you agree that a simple and direct business case needs to be made for
> the use of semantic technologies in conjunction with triple stores in
> businesses where the benefit compared to RDBMS and ORM is not immediately
> apparent to them?"
> Where one is in a position to make such a business case, or is modelling it
> more generically openly on the internet, the answer is yes, I do think so.. I
> would start from the parallel with businesses that do use it. My
> understanding is that in those cases the domain that is being modelled is
> sufficiently known, stable, long lived and valuable to the business to make
> the risk of investing the resources worth while.
> I think that what people are working their way around to realising is that
> there is another sort of domain that falls into this category that is not
> the obvious one of internal or intra company research into molecular
> structures etc. It is the domain of our selves, perhaps thought to be
> inaccessible because of the dominance of a few players at the moment, but
> assuredly not so. A moments reflection into the nature of data, how it can
> be generated and the oblique areas it may pertain to should confirm this.
> Does this answer your (rephrased) question?
> Best,
> Adam
> On 1 June 2011 23:12, Sebastian Samaruga <cognescent@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I was wondering if there is a real business application, framework or
>> whatever who takes 'semantic' techniques
>> or semantic back ends and triple stores for doing something useful in such
>> a way where an explicit or implicit
>> advantage over using actual RDBMSs or ORM tools can be acknowledged.
>> Can 'semantics' be leveraged with such a layer in a way where the
>> 'knowledge' expressed in those triples is in
>> some way useful to an application developer who needs to expose some
>> functionality to end users in the form
>> of use-cases and there 'semantics' make a real difference?
>> Aren't we needing some kind of 'on-rails' approach where we 'know' not
>> only for the pure pleasure of 'knowing'
>> but in the aim of doing something useful in the pursue of a users needs
>> requirements purpose. What we lack
>> here are application 'standards', patterns or guidelines in which one
>> could base an application development
>> specification proposal that can be presented to some manager in the hope
>> to be successfully accepted as
>> a solution addressing some needs, and not to be scared because it will
>> surely be rejected because it is not
>> an enterprise or business level specification because of being based on
>> inmature or non-standard ways.
>> Are there some efforts in achieving such goals that I'm missing?
>> Meanwhile, trying to oversimplify, there are some Semantic-ORM like
>> techniques we are trying to develop,
>> including a higher level object graph navigation language with semiotic
>> additions:
>> http://cognescent.googlecode.com
>> Best,
>> Sebastián Samaruga - Cognescent
>> http://cognescent.blogspot.com
Received on Sunday, 19 June 2011 21:56:31 UTC

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