[wp-hackers] semantic web features?
r at schestowitz.com
Thu May 18 05:35:40 GMT 2006
___/ On Wed 17 May 2006 20:42:14 BST, [ AJ Chen ] wrote : \___
> I'm new to wordpress development. Surprise that the mailing list archive is
> not searchable.
The archive are an (static) automatic dump from mailman. Unlike
dababase-bound content, you can't query for fresh content without
indexing. Use the following syntax in Yahoo or Google:
Alternatively, "wp-forums" or "wp-hackers" are unique enough to be used as
search terms, along with your search phrase.
> I did search in docs and support forum, but could not find
> much about any feature that supports the emerging semantic web.
There are plugins (Dougal's I believe) which handles metadata and while
it's not truly semantics, let's not forget about microformats such as XFN,
which WordPress has incoroporated in its core.
> I have been engaged in W3C's semantic web interest groups concerning life
> sciences. There are lots of research activities going on in the areas of
> ontology and its applications in semantic web. I see a need for a
> user-friendly publishing tool for general users to publish data in ontology
> or rdf. (Ontology editor is more for specialist, I think) After comparing a
> host of wiki tools and blog tools, I think Wordpress is a better platform to
> implement features supporting semantic web development. I saw lots of
> discussions on another thread concerning development slow down. I guess
> semantic web may be one place to find new trend/opportunity.
Only as a specialised tool, in my humble opinion. The Joe Average blogger
is neither prepared nor willing to embed semantics. Most people I know
still use editors such as Word, which leave out semantics, adhere to the
pixel-perfect paradigm, and will never approach anything like SGML-based
composition (LaTeX being an exemplary classic). I seem to be drifting off
topic, so I'll stop.
> Did anybody implement a plugin for supporting any ontology or rdf? I know
> RSS1.0 is in rdf. Because there are lots of ontologies and they keep
> evolving, I would like to know if wordpress is easy to be extended to
> support one specific ontology today but also many new ontologies as the
> semantic web advances. Do you think anything is needed to add to the core
> code or simply adding new plugins is sufficient?
You should be able to use the existing hooks, but this may also require
the user to include the necessary information while composing. This
reminds me of a nice analogy from Alan Flavell. You can produce cheese and
cream from from milk. Both are milk products. Yet, converting cheese into
cream would not be possible. You are better off starting from the fine
milk, which here is the analogy of semantics, provided by the user. You
may need to introduce an extended SGML and I am not sure to what extent
WordPress facilitates it.
> The features I have in mind will include:
> - GUI editor with multiple input fields
> - save/export input data in RDF/ontology
> - organizing data by categories
> Any comment is welcome.
I would love to see a larger proportion of the Web accommodating for and
fostering semantics. This way, one can gather knowledge and
replace/enhance text-based search engines, which is something I am
particularly interested in.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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