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  • From: S Page <skierpage AT earthlink.net>
  • To: "Uschold, Michael F" <michael.f.uschold AT boeing.com>
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  • Subject: Re: [swikig] [Semediawiki-user] Creating Triples Anywhere in a Semantic Wiki ''
  • Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:39:07 -0700
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Uschold, Michael F wrote:

Exactly. Of course you don't want three independent copies of the same
triple three different places. It could be in one place, (e.g. a triple
store of some sort). If you are on a page describing the property, or the subject or object
of the triple, then the wiki can go find the triples when it shows a
page, and present them, so they are virtually in three different places.

Semantic MediaWiki works this way. It parses annotations on the subject page, stores them, and allows querying so that:

* You can put inline queries on pages where you want to show facts from elsewhere.
* Version 0.7 now automatically shows triples using a predicate on the predicate's page, e.g. http://ontoworld.org/wiki/Relation:Written_by, and there's a code change to show triples on the object's page as well.
* ontoworld.org editors quickly developed an {{ask}} template that would use domain-specific knowledge to put inline queries for relevant facts on many kinds of pages.

IMO the obvious "place" for facts to live is on the wiki page for the subject in the triple, especially in a wiki where editors write natural language
"born in [[Little Rock]] and married to [[Hillary Clinton]]..."
, etc. that lends itself to in-line semantic annotation. Everything's hyperlinked so you can easily navigate to the subject and make edits.

But as Wikipedia increasingly uses templates to express facts, e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Infobox_Country , then taking users to a template editor that edits triples independently of pages also makes sense. I just don't see how to square this with annotating natural language in wiki pages. A triple navigator without natural language is not appealing to an average Web user, and having to write query/transclusion syntax just to make sentences like
"born in Little Rock and married to Hillary Clinton..."
appear in pages is not appealing to an average wiki editor.

Has anyone (besides Ted Nelson's mind :-) ) written an editor UI where you can drag parts of existing triples into sentences, and select part of a sentence and turn it into a triple? That would be an amazing solution to this problem. As you're writing about [[Germany]] you see all the existing triples referencing it and can drag them in at will, and you can create new triples as you type.

Regards and pardon my abuse of ontology terminology :-)
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=S Page





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