It appears that long-lasting relationships are not exactly a cherished virtue in our Technological era: SOA & Grid provide a framework for mashed-up quickies with software and hardware resources, and recently Grazing Lists have been promoted as way for having uncommitted, Darwinian relationships with the RSSed Information river. Briefly, it’s the time of the dynamic OPML (or feed-of-feeds; meta-feed).
Thanks to Alex Barnett, I had an interesting time listening to Danny Ayers, a British and an avid Ontologist, who’s been visibly (!) shifting uneasily in his chair whenever Adam Green, the American Darwinian :), enthusiastically mentioned OPML and the really amazing things he’s been doing with it (for instance, an “Information TV”).
So in this podcast you’d get a thesis (Adam G.): OPML is simple and we need simple things to advance; an anti-thesis (Danny A.): Only the semantic web can express the richness of the multiple layers embedded in the Information River, and therefore semweb standards should be used (for representation and retrieval). And as both are Gentlemen, they agreed on a synthesis: OPML is temporary, “for a start”, and “until…”, while RDF is a “Real” standard that, one day, will shed its grace upon the River.
I don’t understand how Danny bought into this argument; after all, nothing is more permanent than “Temporary”.
Technopod Rating: 8
Original Podlink: Reading Lists (OPML) podcast: Danny Ayers and Adam Green