I find this discovery a little ironic: the semantic web, by adding more structure to the model but increasing the diversity at the ontological space might become even *more* messy than the current web, not less. Google built their empire on the tag, but at least there was an tag to work with that every HTML page contained! The RSS world is already starting to see that Babel happening: Apple, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft jumped on the bandwagon and started to add their own RSS extensions and I don't think Sam's validator is going to stop the distribution of the RSS variations from following a power law, it will just help making the distribution's slope higher, but that's about it.
So, are we doomed to turn the web into a babel of languages? and are we doomed to dilute the quality of pure data islands by simply mixing them together?
Luckily, no, not really.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Stefano's Linotype ~ On the Quality of Metadata...
Stefano's Linotype ~ On the Quality of Metadata...: