shirky touches off a storm of semantic web posts

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Clay's latest essay, The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview, has resulted in quite the flurry of interesting responses.

Mark Pilgrim has a number of these responses collected in his "B-Links" sidebar, but I'm going to put them here, as well, so that I can find them more easily in the future.

(I'll update this list as I find other interesting responses. Feel free to add relevant links in the comments, as well.)

My inner librarian has a response brewing, as well, but it will have to wait a bit. It's the last week of the quarter, and I've got exams and project to give and grade. Next week is blogging and reading catch-up time.

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http://mamamusings.net/archives/2003/11/10/shirky_touches_off_a_storm_of_semantic_web_posts.php... Read More

Where Shelley talks about the semantic web equivalent of the BLINK tag, and the world gets down and kisses her feet. Read More

the semantic web foofurah and the selfishness of metadata Read More

Talking with my boss recently the topic of creating an internal subject database for fMRI came up again. While before my thoughts had centered around building some sort of relational database system, this time I decided to investigate the system... Read More

from the much-discussed Semantic Web essay In order for the Semantic web to work, you would need "a world where Read More

Shelley continues to write beautifully about the semantic web, as opposed to the Semantic Web. The semantic web she describes is, to me, simply the Web. The Web's links are (with rare exception) semantic, i.e., meaningful. That's what makes the Web not... Read More

Shelley continues to write beautifully about the semantic web, as opposed to the Semantic Web. The semantic web she describes is, to me, simply the Web. The Web's links are (with rare exception) semantic, i.e., meaningful. That's what makes the Web not... Read More

Semantic web, my last word? from the iCite net development blog on November 11, 2003 3:57 PM

Since I have been talking too much about this already, I thought I should declare my "last words" on the matter, and move on to some other topics. So, my last words are this: Read More

Semantic Web activity, alright. This week's hot topic in blogland is the semantic web, which has to be a good thing - focusing attention on it may allow us to make some sort of progress. It all started with Clay Shirky's article on The Semantic Web, Sy... Read More

There has been a flurry of activity around this article, Shirky: The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview Joho the Blog: Shelley goes semantical point us to mamamusings: shirky touches off a storm of semantic web posts where a collection of... Read More

Semantic Webs from AKMA’s Random Thoughts on November 11, 2003 10:52 PM

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to talk about something others know so much more about and care about passionately! I’m not even going to bother doing all the back-linking; I don’t have time any more, and I trust Liz... Read More

Shirky: The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview and responses: shirky touches off a storm of semantic web posts... Read More

Today, Simon Willison of Incutio blogged a Roundup of roundups--"a list of lists of links." He included link-lists by Read More

Mark Kleiman investigates the nature of memes. If you plan to use this word please read Mark's post first. What's a semantic web, you say? Start with this Clay Shirky essay and then go over to Elizabeth lawley's place for a long list of followups inclu... Read More

the lobster quadrille from Uncle Jazzbeau's Gallimaufrey on November 13, 2003 11:37 AM

Clay Shirky has written an elegant denunciation of the semantic web. He asks "What is the Semantic Web good for?"... Read More

Att l�sa en regnig h�stkv�ll: svar p� den Semantic Web-kritiska artikeln The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview. Clay takes on the Semantic Web pekar vidare p� shirky touches off a storm of semantic web posts och Technocrati backlinks samt rekommen... Read More

Shooting the Moon from Big Fractal Tangle on December 1, 2003 7:08 PM

"In the long run [people] hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high." (Thoreau) Mr. Shirky's article The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview is a real piece of work.... Read More

Where Shelley talks about the semantic web equivalent of the BLINK tag, and the world gets down and kisses her feet. Read More

8 Comments

thanks for the handy list. one point of clarification; Dan Bricklin and myself are different people. He invented spreadsheets or somesuch when I was a toddler. Interestingly enough we're both doing Web metadata apps though (me: FOAF; him: SMBmeta) and both contributed to chapters in O'Reilly's Peer to Peer book a couple years back. Never met the guy, though I'd like to. The SMBmeta thing is very like FOAF in some ways (though more restricted aka scoped...).

cheers,

--danbri (Dan Brickley)

Sorry, Dan! I've corrected it.

I've actually been looking for librarian responses, but haven't found any. I posted my own off-the-cuff librarianish responses this morning. Apologies for the self-link: http://www.rawbrick.net/2003/11/10/07.15/

FWIW I wrote a longer reply to shirky copyied to the www-archive archive:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2003Nov/0010.html

Paul Ford (ftrain) has a fascinating take: http://www.ftrain.com/ContraShirky.html -- i think I'm actually beginning to understand RDF...not that I'd know what to do with that understanding at this point.

Yes, please add Ford's ContraShirky.html to your list. I'd say it takes poor Clay out back to the woodshed in the nicest, most gentle way imaginable.

shirky's article is now at #5 on a google search for "semantic web". Our defense has made it more likely his voice will be heard and not ours.

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