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Re: GoodRelations Light

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 13:33:46 +0100
Cc: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, Michael F Uschold <uschold@gmail.com>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E77E2CAB-E517-45C9-9125-23AF39850FF9@cyganiak.de>
To: glenn mcdonald <glenn@furia.com>
On 19 May 2011, at 02:23, glenn mcdonald wrote:
> And yet, a piece of me still doesn't understand the thinking here. If I were emotionally invested in RDF, I feel like I would be madly trying to evolve it to make these something-elses unnecessary. But maybe that's just a illusion I have the luxury of entertaining because I'm not directly involved...

Part of the problem is the variety of communities that have a stake in RDF. Web hackers, database implementers, logicians, librarians, enterprise information integration vendors, philosophers, open data advocates.

A lot of them *are* trying to evolve RDF like hell, but since they all need quite different things and have different higher-level technologies layered on top of RDF, for any proposed change there are loud protestations from some other camp that this is damaging and goes in exactly the wrong direction; and well-intentioned reformers end up spending their time defeating the proposals of some other camp.

So we end up with an uncomfortable stalemate, with plenty of flaming, blaming and finger-pointing, where change is *hard*.

Some day, someone will do to the RDF stack what XML did to SGML. It'll be glorious.

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