Some recent articles about people discussing the same ideas as the Semantic Web. The Great Database in the Sky "He went on to describe his vision of a skype for database access, combining my data, your data and public data into the next generation OLAP, running a trillion transactions per day. An example could be weather data and he asked what if you could run a SQL statement across all the data sources in the world"
"This is where it became evident that there is a deep disconnect between the traditional database community and the semantic web community. Mårten’s response was rather vague, that this wasn’t as broad as the semantic web and that the semweb includes unstructured data so wasn’t appropriate."
CEO of MySQL "Invents" the Semantic Web! "I have to say, his talk was both a validation of what we have all been working towards, and as Ian Davis explains, it is also a clear sign that the W3C and the Semantic Web community have not found a way to get the message accross."
And moving data around, owning your data seems to be another aspect of the Semantic Web overlooked.
WEB 2.0: Google CEO: Take your data and run "The more we can, for example, let users move their data around, never trap the data of an end user, let them move it if they don't like us, the better."
And my mind boggles at the idea of taking the proposed Australian Access card and their integration problems and fusing it with RDF. Some interesting points: "...the Access Card will be owned by the cardholder and not by the issuer...The effect of the issuer retaining ownership is that they control the card and the purpose for which it is used."
"In Centrelink alone we have a massive 275 kilometres of files...Medicare has to measure its records in a similar way. They have more than 3 square kilometres of storage space for forms with signatures."
"We collect, and almost never reuse, this information."
"The new card will finally put an end to this waste of time. We will be able to reuse the information that you have given us before, but only for the purposes for which you gave it to us. We can then pre-populate forms and take a lot of the pain out of the claim process."