22 August 2005

The semantic players

Re-reading some entries on the semantic Web and found Burningbird's link to this summary by Peter Van Dijck of the major concepts being discussed and the people discussing them. With pictures!

The biggest problem here, I think, is the top-down v. bottom-up issue: that v. really needs to go. The argument is that of (primarily) a defined versus an emergent global ontology. The Van Dijck article points out an emotional source to this issue, but I think it originates from the AI realm and the top-down-bottom-up battles there. A power metaphor is compelling but only after the fact.

[ posted by sstrader on 22 August 2005 at 9:46:48 AM in Programming ]