|From:||"Brenton, Mike" <brentonm@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 11 May 2006 07:28:19 -0400|
Why are we using Semantic Web Technologies to solve these problems?
This is a question we get all the time. Of course we all have some level of stock answers, but then there are more and more questions. On the one hand, some of the people asking this are simply detractors when it comes to mew technologies they don’t understand, while others are genuinely concerned about the use of such a disruptive technology. It is these people we are trying to reach by anticipating their questions and presenting cogent arguments for semantic technologies. To assist with this process, our team put their collective thoughts into all the questions they have been asked and we’ve come up with a not-so-exhaustive list of questions. We are putting these questions out to people in the community so that we might get consensus-based, well-structured, to-the-point answers.
Our situation is that we are using (trying to use) Semantic Web Technology as an infrastructure for integration, in-depth analysis and decision making over hundreds of concepts, millions to billions of instances of concepts, and many terabytes of instance data held in our knowledgebases. This data is harvested from SQL databases, extracted from unstructured text documents, multimedia, etc. It is in this context that we are being asked to justify using Semantic Web Technologies rather than more traditional technologies.
Please feel free to group questions and responses as you see fit. We appreciate any and all contributions and welcome input from both sides of the question. Without further introduction here are the questions:
Michael A. Brenton
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