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Re: A certain difficulty

From: Eric Hellman <eric@openly.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 17:57:52 -0500
Message-Id: <v0422080db4dcb6697caf@[]>
To: Mark Grossman <msg@geocast.com>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Has anyone used the reification features in RDF to do something 
useful like authority tracking, and if so, could you explain for the 
rest of us how it made your life easier?? The representation is clear 
but to extract this from an RDF model is not.

XML has been very popular for just about everything, because a 
programmer can look at a problem and see that if an XML parser is 
used, all the yucky details such as encodings, comments, validation, 
tree construction and language tagging come for free. As a mere 
physicist, I need an example to see things like this

At 11:25 AM -0800 2/25/00, Mark Grossman wrote:
>I took the section on reification to be an example application, 
>albeit a particularly complicated one, that happens to require some 
>special pre-defined semantics.  You can go a long way with RDF 
>without having to use reification.
>    -- Mark
>Eric Hellman wrote:
>>The basic problem with the spec is that is assumes that the reader
>>understands what reification is, and is generally conversant with the
>>deep issues of knowledge representation.
>>Anyone who has listened to 4-year old talk about Pokemons can
>>perceive that the human mind deals naturally with RDF-like models.
>>The mind avoids reification like the plague, however, and a really
>>strong case for it must be made to win over the practical

Eric Hellman
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