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Re: PRIMER: v 0.1 of scope, outline and issues (lighten up!)

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 17:29:44 -0500
Message-Id: <p05101034b7d806fcccf2@[]>
To: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>At 09:42 AM 9/26/01 -0500, Pat Hayes wrote:
>>I agree, lets avoid abstractions as far as possible at the 
>>beginning of everything. Start with an example, would be better, as 
>>a way to introduce the points being made. Can we cook up a simple, 
>>artificial but convincing example/case study to use to illustrate 
>>the main points? It ought to show RDF doing more than XML would do 
>I think that would have to be at least two examples.
>It is my view that the value of RDF is that it allows 
>data/information to be shared between applications, and ultimately 
>for some kinds of processing to be handled by generic software 
>So, I think the value to be demonstrated is when a new application 
>is introduced that relevant data created by existing applications is 
>accessible to the new application, and vice  versa.
>TimBL once gave an example of an invoice for aircraft parts;  some 
>elements would be details of commercial transactions, generated by a 
>sales/order processing system, while others would be related to the 
>technical bill of materials for an aircraft, generated by 
>engineering CAD software.

BTW, one thing that we ought to be able to do now is show an example 
where some/one/thing is able to figure out that two classes are 
identical by showing that each is a subclass of the other :-)

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