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Re: What should we call RDF's ability to allow multiple models to peacefully coexist, interconnected?

From: Timothy W. Cook <tim@mlhim.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:05:40 -0300
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To: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com>
Cc: Martynas Jusevičius <martynas@graphity.org>, Jeremy J Carroll <jjc@syapse.com>, Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@netestate.de>, semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Hi Bernadette,

It is obvious that RDF is incredibly useful for most business cases.  So
were SQL databases in the 1990s.  One level, top down modelling will not
solve the problems in healthcare information management.  I am very happy
that it is so useful today.  I look forward to MLHIM 3.x being RDF based.
 But it isn't there yet.  It can learn alot from XML.  But it took XML many
years to grow away from just being publishing markup.   Essentially, from
my perspective, this is what RDF is being used for in most cases.  Marking
up instance data.  In many cases that makes sense, in many other cases it
may be more appropriate to markup a model and refer to it from each
instance of the data the model represents.

Cheers,
Tim








On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com
> wrote:

> Hi Tim,
> RDF is called many things, 'a lingua franca', a 'unicode of data models'
> but recognize that it is the foundation of the Web of data.  This isn't a
> philosophical debate, its business.
>
> Large and small organizations, and some of most ambitious innovation
> projects are using RDF to represent massive amounts of human knowledge.
> The global research initiative Horizon 2020 is funded to the tune of €80
> Billion (US$100B) -- RDF is core to this project.  Google, Facebook, IBM,
> Oracle and government agencies worldwide are all using RDF to get real work
> done.  They are doing it because it solves a real business pain -- data
> interoperability among other things.
>
> RDF is a mature international data exchange standard and mature data
> model.  It'll keep evolving and 'be an awesome platform in the future' but
> today, it's pretty darn useful when you want to share information with
> millions of people.
>
> That is good enough for many of us.
>
> Cheers,
> Bernadette Hyland
> CEO, 3 Round Stones, Inc.
>
> [1] http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020
>
>
> On Mar 10, 2014, at 4:43 PM, Timothy W. Cook <tim@mlhim.org> wrote:
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Martynas Jusevičius <
> martynas@graphity.org> wrote:
>
>
>> RDF is like Unicode of data models.
>
>
> Excellent analogy; on a purely conceptual level.
>
>  So lets focus on RDF and build it even deeper into the
>
>> software ecosystem, so we can finally produce some user-friendly yet
>> generic applications.
>>
>>
> I certainly hope to see RDF mature and become more robust.  It is a great
> foundation that may be an awesome platform in the future.
>
> Cheers,
> Tim
>
>
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