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Re: A certain difficulty

From: W. E. Perry <wperry@fiduciary.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 09:33:18 -0500
Message-ID: <38B3EFAE.D9A0EAD8@fiduciary.com>
To: xml-dev@xml.org, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Amen, Bro. Birbeck!

May I add that RDF predication is the only mechanism we have for defining
process (i.e., verbs, acting upon identified resources) in a Web-exchangeable
way. If the 'semantic web' is about anything, it is about the exchange or
communication of relationships or processes which turn out to be most
efficiently defined by RDF triples. The *implementation* of those processes in,
ultimately, running code, may have to be done in a different, idiosyncratic
manner at each node, based on each node's unique role and point of view, but
RDF-described resources supply the 'standard' definition which provides the
semantic nexus of those nodes.


Walter Perry

XML SIG Leader
NY Object Developers Group

Mark Birbeck wrote:

> With RDF *the web has no centre*. With XML the web is set of hierarchies
> - albeit starting from your point of view, or my point of view, or
> someone else's. It's a bit of a leap in the imagination when not only
> your data is a set of linked resources (RDF), but the structural
> definition of that data is too (RDFS)! But the power is amazing.
> Enough evangelising.
> Best regards,
> Mark
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