On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This is hard. The Semantic Web (and RDF) attempt at codifying knowledge using a strict syntax, specifically a strict syntax of triples. It is very difficult for humans to articulate knowledge, let alone codifying it. How realistic is the idea of the Semantic Web? I wonder this not because I donít think the technology can handle the problem. I say this because I think people canít (or have great difficulty) succinctly articulating knowledge. Or maybe knowledge does not fit into triples?
I think you're right Eric. I don't think knowledge can be encoded
completely in triples, any more than it can be encoded completely in
finding aids or books.
One thing that I (naively) wasn't fully aware of when I started
dabbling the Semantic Web and Linked Data is how much the technology
is entangled with debates about the philosophy of language. These
debates play out in a variety of ways, but most notably in
disagreements about the nature of a resource (httpRange-14) in Web
Architecture. Shameless plug: Dorothea Salo and I tried to write about
how some of this impacts the domain of the library/archive .
One of the strengths of RDF is its notion of a data model that is
behind the various serializations (xml, ntriples, json, n3, turtle,
etc). I'm with Ross though: I find it much to read rdf as turtle or
json-ld than it is rdf/xml.