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RE: web proper names

From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 17:31:44 -0600
To: Phil Dawes <pdawes@users.sf.net>
Cc: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>, Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-Id: <1096587104.3417.1019.camel@borgia>

On Sun, 2004-09-26 at 02:04, Phil Dawes wrote:
> Hi Uche,
> Uche Ogbuji writes:
>  > > 
>  > > Using an IFP - e.g. foaf:mbox. 
>  > 
>  > Hmm.  My problem is that in the real, muddy world, I think
>  > machine-automated merging is going to run into many more ontological
>  > problems than you can throw a few OWL gimmicks at.
>  > 
>  > Just ditch the idea: it's not in the least bit practical.  *People* will
>  > always be needed to sort out context, Semantic Web or no.  I think that
>  > once one accepts that, all these semiotic contrivances become easily
>  > seen for the nonsense they are.
>  > 
> Actually I've been finding it very practical (at least working in an
> intranet environment). Of course you're right - people do need to sort
> out context, but they also need to be able to do this on a large scale.

"intranet environment" is a closed system.  For some reason you snipped
the part where I said that it *is* perfectly practical in closed systems
where the symbols can be controlled by management and policy.

"intranet environment" is not "the real, muddy world", which is where I
said machine merging magic is impractical (because there is no centrally
controlled grounding of symbols).

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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