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Re: [ontolog-forum] Constructs, primitives, terms

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:23:56 -0400
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On 3/17/12 9:45 AM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> I haven't given up on Tim B-L's vision, but after 18 years, it's
> time to rethink the strategy for implementing it.  I suggest that
> the W3C take a hard look at what Apple, IBM, and Google did.    (01)

As of right now, none of the above have produced systems in line with 
the aspects of TimBL's vision which you like. By this I mean, they don't 
deliver open (truly platform agnostic)  variations of work (between time 
of Aristotle and 2000) at this point in time. None of this work requires 
data representation format, identifier type, application, service, or 
platform oriented silos.    (02)

TimBL put out the Linked Data meme [1] to basically shine alternative 
light on the Semantic Web vision; basically, a step away from the 
confusing cloud of RDF. Remember, since putting out that meme Linked 
Data has exploded on the World Wide Web and the likes of Google have 
taken notice.    (03)

BTW - you left out Facebook, this is a company that has already imbibed 
the Linked Data meme and incorporated it in a stealthy manner. All 850 
million+ profiles in Facebook [2] individually resolve to profiles 
comprised of Linked Data Graph. Yes, every Facebook member has a URI 
that resolves to a descriptor resource (or data object resource) that 
bears the representation of said members profile. The aforementioned 
representations are served to user agents in Turtle or JSON formats.    (04)

In addition to what Facebook is doing, the Linked Open Data Cloud has 
been growing exponentially, ditto adoption of these same patterns by the 
U.S. and UK governments with many other national governments in very 
close pursuit.    (05)

This hasn't happened because of RDF/XML (the original W3C mandated 
syntax for Web scale Linked Data via the Semantic Web Project), it's 
happened because the architecture of the World Wide Web (which you like 
and agree with) is dexterous enough to facilitate visions and works from 
the past modulo the distractions associated with genealogically 
challenged RDF narratives that dominated the landscape pre 2007 -- when 
the Linked Data initiative was officially bootstrapped.    (06)

Today, the World Wide Web (WWW) has already successfully transitioned 
from an Information Space of Linked Documents to an Intensional Data 
Space of Linked Data. It's all happened in a stealthy and unobtrusive way.    (07)

Links:    (08)

1. http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html -- note. RDF that meme 
doesn't refer to a specific format like RDF/XML its about the model
2. http://goo.gl/dlTWF -- Facebook and Linked Data
3. http://www.data.gov/semantic -- U.S. Govt.
4. http://data.gov.uk/linked-data -- UK Govt.
5. http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/ -- Linked Open Data Cloud.    (09)

--     (010)

Regards,    (011)

Kingsley Idehen 
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LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kidehen    (012)

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