Library Web R&D

“Why does one bother to think about things, to talk about things, to write about things? Why does one imagine that other people might be interested in what has been said or what has been written? If one is describing something, then one hopes that the beauty of the description may be appreciated. Even in a description one may seek to reveal something that one supposes not to be apparent to everyone else. As one seeks to reveal more so one moves from description to explanation. In explanation one tries to reveal how something unfamiliar is only a special arrangement of things that are already familiar. We do know how these familiar things work, so we can tell how the unfamiliar whole must work. We want to know how it works in order to make better use of it, perhaps change it, perhaps improve it, perhaps prevent it going wrong, perhaps repair it. Above all, we usually want to tell how it is going to behave in general and also under special circumstances. If the purpose of description is beauty[1], the purpose of explanation is usefulness.”

[1] "… qualities … that delight the senses and mind" (1982 Collins Concise); "Beauty is truth, truth beauty," Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn; etc.

Edward de Bono, Mechanism of Mind.

“… with … [Semantic Web technologies] you can define your personal domain of interest through a conceptual representation called ontology.”

The semantic cooks from ART Research Group.

“…a user's personal information environment [is defined] as [both] a source and end-point of the Semantic Web: Knowledge workers comprehensively express their information and data with respect to their own conceptualizations. Semantic Web languages and protocols are used to formalize these conceptualizations and for coordinating local and global information access.”

NEPOMUK, The Shared Desktop Ontologies (retrieved 12 May 2013).

Topic Maps

Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)

SKOS seems to become more and more the RDF vocabulary of choice for representing controlled vocabularies on the Web.” (OCLC, retrieved 10 May 2013)

The Semantic Web


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