Catching the Dreams

In the short essay Catching the Dreams Pat Hayes, editor of the RDF Model Theory draft, speaks out against those see Description Logics as the only foundation for the Semantic Web:

Using DLs as a semantic web content markup standard is a failure of imagination: it presumes that the Web is going to be something like a giant corporation, with the same requirements of predictability and provable performance. In fact (if the SW ever becomes a reality) it will be quite different from current industrial ontology practice in many ways. It will be far ‘scruffier’, for a start; people will use ingenious tricks to scrape partly-ill-formed content from ill-structured sources, and there is no point in trying to prevent them doing so, or tutting with disapproval.


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