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Re: What do the ontologists want

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:32:24 -0500
Message-Id: <v04210106b729d56fd20a@[]>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
> >   We always walk a fine line between building things that "work" and things
> > that are right (or even adequate).  I think Pat is arguing (in his own
> > lovable way) that the pendulum has swung too far.  Of course RDF 
>will "work"
> > one way or another.  With all the hype and all the millions being thrown at
> > it, how can it not?  But that much volume only serves to drown out the
> > voices of those who know better.  Mob justice is no justice -- ten years
> > from now we'll go through this all over again when we find out that RDF
> > didn't "work" after all.
>But that sounds an awful lot like what folks were saying
>about global hypertext in 1991.

The key difference is that global hypertext was a genuinely new 
phenomenon in 1991.  Nothing about RDF is new, it's just old ideas 
done badly. (Well, possibly URIs are new: but you tell me that URIs 
are just logical constants as far as the semantics is concerned. Or 
am I missing something here?)


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