08/11/06  (susheyer)  [0 Comments]

Transport of semantic information

Since I am putting together a publication about the work of our student assistants (they are taking apart digital course materials to create smaller information/ learning objects), I am learning a little about semantics. Today I came across a document [in German] by Dostal, Jeckle, Melzer & Zengler. Within the document they describe the idea of semantic web. What I found interesting (and agree with) is that semantic information itself cannot be transported. Only a representation or symbol of that semantic information can be transported. However, it lies in the eye of the beholder to interpret the meaning of that symbol. I think this supports my thoughts from two days ago. The authors describe what this means for designing semantic web applications. However, I projected this onto the design of information objects.