The Semantic Web for disillusioned advocates

The Semantic Web for disillusioned advocates

Summary: Worth reading: Dan Zambonini at O'Reilly's XML.com provides some constructive criticism of the elusive Semantic Web, outlining seven flaws.

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Worth reading: Dan Zambonini at O'Reilly's XML.com provides some constructive criticism of the elusive Semantic Web, outlining seven flaws. Zambonini calls himself a "disillusioned advocate" of the Semantic Web.

1. Not all Semantic Web data are created equal.

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2. A technology is only as good as developers think it is.

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3. Complex Systems must be built from successively simpler systems.

4. A new solution should stop an obvious pain.
 
5. People aren’t perfect.
 
6. You don’t need an Ontology of Everything. But it would help.
 
7. Philanthropy isn’t commercially viable.

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  • Ontology of Everything

    If we an "OOE", then time as we know it would come to a screeching halt! :-)
    mgardner
    • Proving point #5: People aren't perfect...

      that should have read, "If we HAD an OOE...
      mgardner
    • ... and if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be an automobile.

      The Ontology of Everything is some combination of the Holy Grail and the car keys being looked for by the drunk under the lamp-post. (You know the joke: He dropped them across the street, but he is looking under the lamp-post because the light is better there.) We focus our attention on "ontological engineering" (as Lenat has called it) because (we think?) we know how to do it. This writes all sorts of sociological issues of communication out of the equation; but, at the end of the day, the kind of communication without which the Semantic Web would be useless is fundamentally a SOCIAL phenomenon (unless a Call Center is involved, in which case it is ANTI-social ... couldn't resist, had a bad call center encounter today!). Would an Ontology of Everything help? If it was flexible enough to change every day and if the flexibility kept up with the changes in social discourse, it MIGHT help. However, what would help MORE would be more attention to the sociology of human communication, without which there would be no commerce, no research, no ...
      kitchen-cynic
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