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[ontolog-forum] What does the "Semantic web" experience encompass?

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From: Duane Nickull <dnickull@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:51:59 -0700
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I have been discussing the “semantic web” with a lot of people lately who have vastly differing ideas of what it might be.  I have my own ideas and wanted to run them by this group.

Scenario 1:

I do a search for “foo”.  Rather than a list of pages that contain “foo”, I am presented a list of contexts (for lack of a better word) that “foo” is found within.  This would be something like “your search for foo yielded results that include foo which has a plurality of meanings.  Please narrow your search down based on the following contexts:  1. <meaning_a> 2. <meaning_b> ...       An example might be a search for “nut” which then presents the searcher with the meanings “seed of a tree”, “slang for a males reproductive organs”, “slang for a person who works on semantic web ideas”, etc....  I would then select a context which would then present me with a narrow set of results.

Pros:  Doable, would be a dynamic target based on the fact all of us (including spamdexers) would be able to influence the system.
Cons: This was patented over a decade ago (I filed one patent).

To make this work, when a resource is added to the index, I would see that the person tagging a resource with a label might be prompted to disambiguate the label if the plurality of meanings is detected.

Scenario 2:

I search for “foo” and the search mechanism miraculously deducts the exact top result I am seeking.  This could work with simplistic cases (like a history student searching for “berlin” getting historical results based on an IP address being detected from the history lab of a school).  This would obviously not cater to 100% of the searchers but maybe the semantic web (whatever that means) might be only meant to be useful for 75% of the users.  This is something worthy of consideration.

Pros: Doable
Cons: Does not work for all users.  I have no idea how this would be implemented.

Scenario 3:

I search for “foo” and I get the perfect result set.  Everyone else also gets the perfect result set.  

Pros:  It is nirvana
Cons: I know of no way to implement this short of reading people’s minds.

Scenario 4:
<insert something I missed here>


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