Tim Berners Lee: The Web is now philosophical engineering
By bblfish on Mar 28, 2006
A nice interview of Tim Berners Lee:
Customers need to be given control of their own data - not being tied into a certain manufacturer so that when there are problems they are always obliged to go back to them. IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device.[...]
To make this information useful semantically requires a sequence of events:[...]
Using this information you can set up a Web server that runs resource description framework (RDF). A larger database could support queries.
- Do a model of what's in the database - which would give you an ontology you could work out on the back of an envelope;
- Find out who else uses those terms and cherry pick them for your ontology;
- Write a schema (perhaps with OWL (the Web ontology language);
- Write down how your database connects to those things.
The Web is now philosophical engineering.
I always knew my background in philosophy would come in useful. :-)