t was really very kind of the Moderator. He
asked the cultural heritage experts: `What is
the message that we should give our scientific
writer who will do a write-up of this meeting for
the Thematic Issue?'Their inclinations had not always
been clear. But the question focused minds and they
were certain, now.
`I would put my money on the Semantic Web',
said two of them, not quite in unison. `The Semantic
Web is a direction, it is like North.You go North
but you never arrive and say "here it is".This is the
Semantic Web', said another.
The course of the debate at the Darmstadt
DigiCULT Forum had not always been so direct.
It had started with the Position Paper's dismaying
thought that `the limited understanding of infor-
mation processing in the heritage sector almost
makes the Semantic Web an impossibility to apply'.
It had touched on the semantics of Simeon poetry,
art works of the biblical seductress Salome, weather
forecasts for the northern English city of York, and
the revolutionary theories of 16th-century Italian
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