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Liaisons Dangereuses – On Grazing Lists and Dynamic Meta-Feeds with Adam Green and Danny Ayers

February 21, 2006

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”.

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Technopod Rating: 8
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Original Podlink: Reading Lists (OPML) podcast: Danny Ayers and Adam Green

References:

Next steps in RSS, Reading Lists

Feed Grazers are in the wild

Some one has to say it: OPML is a really, really crappy format. Really crappy.

The Evolution of Information Grazing

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Clay Shirky – Ontology is Overrated

February 18, 2006

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If there’s one prominent trait to web2.0 it’s tagging. Tags are Vox Populi, and as said: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”. The anarchic Tagging (or Folksonomies) has burst in the midst of an Ontological effort to put some order to the World, by using Semantic Web standards to build domain-experts’ ontologies. It is a fight on Hegemony: the ruling Ontological elite, armed with scholar domain experts vs. John Doe, the layman from the street. Yet, as Shirky explains, there’s also a fundamental difference on how the World is seen. Ontologists see Reality as Objective, and believe their vocation is to document it once and for all, while Taggers see Reality as Subjective, and therefore (implicitly) reject any unified model of Reality.

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Technopod Rating: 9

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Original Podlink: Clay Shirky – Ontology is Overrated

References:

Clay Shirky’s Writings About the Internet

Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags

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