The Semantic Perspective Project is an entirely new approach to information and knowledge representation, where information composition is done via “meaningful perspectives“: what the meaning of a concept is, when viewed from the perspective of a different concept, hence the project’s name.
Knowledge representation is essential to any computational system that operates with information as opposed to data, from traditional expert systems to modern concepts like the semantic web. The distinction between the two terms “data” and “information” is critical, because in spite of the fact that we have created systems that are highly efficient in storing and manipulating huge amounts of data, we are yet to create a single system (represent, store, manipulate) that can even marginally tackle the kind of information a person does on a daily basis. Please follow the link for a more detailed discussion on the differences between data & information.
The Semantic Perspective Project arose from the constructive quest to identify why current knowledge representation and manipulation systems are incapable of fulfilling the “semantic promise” and to provide, or at least try to provide, an alternative solution that works around the identified deficiencies.
The initial goal of the project is the development of a alternative knowledge representation system, dubbed S.P.In.D.L. (Semantic Perspective Information Description Language), that offers the theoretical background to represent and manipulate information: store, retrieve, filter, communicate, information. Additionally work is being done to create a reduction to practice of the theory in form a database, dubbed Whorl, that will provide practical means to store and query for information based on the S.P.In.D.L. framework. In the long term, the plan is to create an organization that ensures the perpetuity and health of the system and can serve as a mediator, a central place where semantic trends are observed and documented to offer free access to information for any new industry participant.