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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What would you ask Tim Berners-Lee? 

Mine
RDF seems to be so general that it can be considered for any application. The flip side of this argument is that for any specific application, it is the least powerful solution. That lack of power expresses itself as a more complex representation than is necessary for a specific solution, and an extremely weak inference capability, compared to an application specific model using a representation designed to work with it.

A perfect example is RSS 1.0 versus Atom for blog publishing. The dream of being able to dump anything into an RDF bucket and do any meaningful work seems kind of naive.

It is actually the constraints and simplicity that give a language it power (Think Domain Specific Languages)

Topics: /RDF | Web2.0


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