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Re: [ontolog-forum] Fwd: Breaking news: GoodRelations now fully integrat

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:34:57 -0500
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On 11/13/12 3:34 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
> Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> On 11/13/12 11:12 AM, John F Sowa wrote:
>>> Bottom line:  The current SW tools and notations will survive
>>> for a while, but Schema.org is where mainstream IT is heading.
>>> John
>> But this isn't the fundamental problem.
>> The problem always boils down to webby data object representation,
>> access, and relationship semantics that scales to the Web. Once in
>> place, we have a functional global data space that accommodates
>> intensional and extensional data interaction. Basically, we end up with
>> Data as a new kind of Electricity conducted via hyperlinks.
>> The above isn't specific to any format, as you know. It has everything
>> to do with the following, functioning at Web-scale:
>> 1. Entity Relationship Model
>> 2. Entity Relationship Semantics
>> 3. Instances of Entity Relationship Graphs linked across a variety of
>> boundaries.
>> The Web as it exists is evolving into what I've outlined above at
>> frenetic pace.
> Yes.  In general, however, we don't know what any of these relationships
> really is, because nearly none of them is formally defined in terms of
> any well-defined terms, and most of them are just links.  Even the ones
> that are in RDF are primarily written in terms that are effectively
> "primitive", being linked to HTML articles that describe them in detail,
> and discuss the vagaries in definition and interpretation instead of
> defining them.  What we are seeing is the Web version of a bunch of
> student papers referencing each other, and a few reliable major works
> that some of those papers are consistent with.  A lot of the links are
> blissfully ignorant of what Pat Hayes calls the 'Horatio Principle' --
> the set of all X in my world and the set of all X in your world might be
> different enough to support different universal axioms.  Put another
> way, IF you had usable ontologies for all the stuff that is being linked
> together, the overall 'theory' would almost certainly be internally
> inconsistent.  So the question is whether this rapidly growing thing is
> creating knowledge or just further complicating the overflow of
> disorderly information.  The Linked Web is going to be rather like
> telephone systems of 1910 -- essentially chaotic until the perception
> of  the relationship between order and value overcomes the "first in
> your neighborhood" syndrome.
>> Facebook has a Billion profiles and much more from its data space alone
>> (they serve up JSON or Turtle content).
> And a great many utterly uninformed and uninformative postings, to say
> nothing of baseless attacks and deliberate frauds.  The question is:
> what portion of that cacophony is signal?  And how would you know?
>> Then you add the Linked Open
>> Data cloud which is in excess of 55 Billion triples, and then close all
>> of this out with instance data for Schema.org and what I am claiming is
>> pretty obvious i.e., it's already happening as we reached the point of
>> critical mass pass a long time ago :-)
> Oh, we have "critical mass", to be sure.  The problem is to harness it
> to provide controlled useful energy instead of Hiroshima (and to protect
> the results from the next data tsunami, or the next "revolution" in web
> technology).
> -Ed
Ed and other respondents,    (01)

I prefer to look at the entity relationship semantics on the Web as 
being akin to screen resolution fidelity. You have high and low 
resolution. There are data spaces within the Linked Open Data cloud 
where the fidelity or entity relationship semantics are very high and 
discernible to humans and machines. Of course, there are enclaves where 
the aforementioned semantic fidelity is very low. Such is the nature of 
the Web.    (02)

The Web's ultimately advantage is that crowd-sourcing is intrinsic. The 
number of subject matter experts contributing to the Linked Data Cloud 
is growing rapidly too :-)    (03)

--     (04)

Regards,    (05)

Kingsley Idehen 
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