Some questions

David Megginson david at
Thu Dec 2 11:31:25 GMT 1999

"David Orchard" <orchard at> writes:

> As well, I fall into the context is king category, not content.
> The best metric we have for that is company market caps and
> revenues.  TV Guide makes more than CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox put
> together.
> Yahoo wins because the context is human created rather than
> generated.  Human context or Point of View is always more usable to
> humans than machine POV.
> If you argue that Point of View and Context are actually content not
> metadata, then there's no such thing as metadata.  It's all just
> data.  Which is what I actually believe.

Yup, me too -- I'm not a big fan of the "meta" word.  After all, many
companies have information about me in their databases, but they don't 
have me myself in them -- does that mean that all of their data are
"metadata" as well?  If so, then what are just plain data?

BTW, RDF itself is being very heavily and successfully used in the
Linux world right now -- it's the basis of the database for rpmfind, a
utility that allows users to find new packages or upgrade existing
ones, including dependencies.  Of course, end users never have to see
the RDF (they can look if they want to), but that's the way it should

All the best,


p.s. The RDF used by rpmfind is not strictly conformant, since it uses 
     a pre-REC version of the RDF Namespace URI, but otherwise it's
     fully correct.

David Megginson                 david at

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