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This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

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February 16, 2006

Semantic Interoperability and 90 - 10 or 80 - 20 factor

Blogspheres are loaded with a new found happiness and quickly circulating these magic numbers: the 90-10 "law."

What is this law?:    "10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react."
Read more at:90/10 law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia    or Google
See also:
>>A New Twist on the 90/10 Rule

>>The 90/10 principle originally
Google for whatever thy name: laws, rules, principles - 90 /10
written by 'STEVEN COVEY'

This traffic-of-ideas led me to look for somthing that works in the field of library and information profession.

Let me add on, the information profession has lived for decades with the 80-20 law -i.e., The Bradford's Law of Scatter.
>>80 For 20:
>>Optimize Magazine Research Library: 80-20 Software Inc
Modern cliche about getting 80% of the content for 20% of the effort. Also known as "the Pareto Principle".
Benjamin Geiger: This is much more widely found than it may appear.
Software engineers know it as "20% of the code leads to 80% of the effort/bugs". Retailers know it as "20% of customers generate 80% of sales" or "80% of merchandise comes from 20% of vendors". I guess that go players might agree that 80% of thickness or territory comes from 20% of the moves...

So number game is not new. And for a bibliometrician, a cybermetrician or a Webmetrician, or an infometrician this is more routine. [Let me hasten to add that some called this field as parametric - So whats in a name, said Shakespeare.]

What is semnatics doing here? It is all-a-do-about statistics, as the above numbers relate! One clue about such a semantic relates to meaning. See also: Statistical semantics: Analysis of the potential performance of key-word information systems by G.W. Furnas, et. al. The Bell System Technical Journal, v.62(6) July-August 1983

In my blog, I use the term semantic interoperability or infostructure, as a facilitator that helps in connecting different ideas, thoughts, facts, figures, etc. Those who use this technical term, do give a specific meaning. And I quote:

Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments
SIMILE is a joint project conducted by the W3C, MIT Libraries, and MIT CSAIL. SIMILE seeks to enhance inter-operability among digital assets, schemata/vocabularies/ontologies, metadata, and services. A key challenge is that the collections which must inter-operate are often distributed across individual, community, and institutional stores. We seek to be able to provide end-user services by drawing upon the assets, schemata/vocabularies/ontologies, and metadata held in such stores. Read more

What brings me to this interoperability is I am reviewing a book: Adaptive Information : Improving Business Through Semantic Interoperability, Grid Computing, and Enterprise Integration (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management), by Jeffrey T. Pollock, Ralph Hodgson

see also
The Semantic web’s place on the Hype Cycle, By Tim Finin on Thursday, August 25th, 2005

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