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Re: <nettime> Critique of the "Semantic Web"
Florian Cramer on Wed, 19 Dec 2007 15:50:31 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Critique of the "Semantic Web"


On Wednesday, December 19 2007, 10:40 (+0100), Reto Bachmann-Gmür wrote:

> >    The Semantic Web promises to overcome folksonomies with one, unified
> >    and standardized keyword tagging system that can applied to anything.
> >   
> This is the wrong assumption that makes the further critique of the
> Semantic Web missing the point. The semantic web is not about building
> one big upper-ontology but about supporting many (usually very small)
> ontologies. 

But the design involves one-to-one mappings between these "ontologies" to
ensure the correctness of a meta tag across them, so that for example a
tag "Nettime" would always properly refer to this mailing list instead
to the homonymous English company that produces software for tele cafés.

But with these cross-mappings, you effectively have one tree on a meta
level. 

Florian

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