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On the semantic web, RDF, and other such things
It's coming up in both Rm and Photohub, and I've got some rants about it, so there's a few entries on tap about the Semantic web and RDF and the like. So, let this blog entry serve as a brief introduction where I try to at least introduce some of the terms.
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The big problem with RDF
Every now and again, people get this big idea that we need every last bit of possible information machine encoded, to do various interesting yet completely vacuously defined tasks done. The first time around they called it "AI" but that died a nasty death in the eighties, so it keeps needing to come back under a new name. But it always comes back, because the basic idea of asking a computer a question... any question... and getting a useful answer is a powerful appeal.
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A practical use of the RDF model
Every time I hear about an RDF-based web idea, I always check it out to see if it makes intuitive sense to a casual observer. And, so far, I haven't found any. The problem is that RDF is this huge abstract thing, and there's a lot of AI resear...ehrm.... semantic web work associated with it....
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