I’ve ground to a halt on this project. In part, other things came up (like a trip to England and Thanksgiving). In greater part, the technology stack continues to stymie me at many turns.
This week, David Booth posted in the semantic web mailing list a challenging assault on the status quo: “Toward easier RDF: a proposal” which, to my mind, is some of the most direct challenge made to the current state of the stack since Manu Sporny launched his invectives via the JSON-LD project. In particular, Booth caught my eye with this quote:
The value of RDF has been well proven, in many applications, over the 20+ years since it was first created. At the same time, a painful reality has emerged: RDF is too hard for average developers. By “average developers” I mean those in the middle 33 percent of ability. And by “RDF”, I mean the whole RDF ecosystem – including SPARQL, OWL, tools, standards, etc. – everything that a developer touches when using RDF.
In my day job at Flatiron School, we’re always discussing how to make content more accessible and more readable, with less accidental complexity to confuse and distract from our lessons’ objectives.
This is not a value that seems to be demonstrated often in the SW ecosystem. Being someone who doesn’t feel the standing (“imposter syndrome”) to speak to the power of this group, I never laid the problems out, but I felt like Booth had created a moment and here’s my follow-up.