[microformats-discuss] FYI: two posting about the Semantic Web, the "SynWeb", scraping and microformats

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Mon Oct 24 19:10:52 PDT 2005

Hi Danny,

On Oct 24, 2005, at 6:49 PM, Danny Ayers wrote:
> Dr. Ernie was framing docs vs. data as if it was us vs. HAL.

Luddite that I am. :-)

> I think there's value in the notion of making data shareable across
> the Web, without that data necessarily having that data expressed in
> documents.

Not documents: human-readable.

> How are Google Maps satellite pictures stored?

Um, stored vs. transmitted?  I already said I didn't care about the  
internal data representation.  Did you miss that part?  Are we  
talking about the same thing yet?

> Pixel-by-pixel CSS classes?

And that would be more human-readable how? :-)

My point is rather that I would prefer the Google Maps Web Service  
API <http://www.google.com/apis/maps/> to be trivially discoverable  
by using the Google Maps HTML front-end <http://www.google.com/lochp? 
hl=en&tab=wl&q=>, rather than being a completely different service  
using XML or RDF. That's all.

Would you disagree with that?

-- Ernie P.
Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
Probe-Hacker blog: http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/

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