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Towards A Semantic Web by Liam Magee, Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope

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Interoperability and the exchange of humanly usable digital content

Richard Vines and Joseph Firestone

Throughout this book, it has been clearly articulated that the emergence and use of schemas and standards are increasingly important to the effective functioning of research networks. What is also equally emphasised is the danger posed if the use of schemas and standards results in excessive and negative system constraints—a means of exerting unhelpful control over distributed research activities. But, how realistically can a balance be facilitated between the positive benefits derived from the centralised coordination through the use standards versus the benefits from allowing self-organisation and emergence to prevail at the edge of ...

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