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Stephen Downes

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An intelligent look at some of the complexities involved in building a semantic web, beginning with the observation that the computerization of knowledge has elided much of what we know about semantics in the process of transforming text to boolean constructs. "The focus on logic has had a more subtle consequence of assuming that the semantic web is/should be about a single logic, namely, the truth system with which we happen to use today. In the realms of science and business this is completely ‘logical’. When making transactions, we need assurances that our customers use the same rules as we do. [but] For culture, we need semantic models that cope with both systems: that allow us to trace how paradigm shifts and changes in world views change our understanding of entities. We need to develop the plural meaning of information systems."

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