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Re: Non SemWeb uses of RDF

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 01:48:29 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd04121716486dc0d3c@mail.gmail.com>
To: Brian Manley <manleyr@telcordia.com>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 12:53:32 -0500, Brian Manley <manleyr@telcordia.com> wrote:

Definitions not easy, nowadays I guess I think of Semantic Web
applications as being anything that uses the Web and even just a wee
bit of metadata and/logic.

> consumer-focused applications ( PIMs, personal collection management, etc )  

Couple of (sets of) nice consumer apps, presented in a similar fashion
to shrinkwrap products are the the nice shiny calendar/PIM things from
http://semaview.com/ and photo+ things from

> systems integration products.

Dunno, systems integration always seemed to me to be the whole point
;-) (Such products do exist)

If you've a day or two free, check out the things linked from Dave
Beckett's Most Magnificent Resource Guide :


I don't think I've really seen any yet, but I think it likely that
there will also be more of a tendency to use SW technologies to
augment systems that are primary built in a traditional fashion. e.g.
a lot of the content management systems around have no real need to be
RDF through and through, and would have little use for inference.
Using a well-established RDMBS in the core maybe makes sense. But such
a system as a whole could be stacks more useful if it used a small RDF
store/subsystem to look after FOAF-based person/contact management.

I think there are quite a few situations, both desktop and
Web-oriented, where a hybrid might be more appropriate than 100%
triplestore or 100% RDBMS or 100% filesystem-based or whatever.

That's only looking at the data side - I suppose there is also the
possibility of using RDF/OWL reasoning alongside procedural/OO code,
but I've a feeling that mindset will take longer to spread compared to
the basic graph-relational data model side.


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