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Re: ShEX vs JSON schema

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:16 +0000
To: Leyla Garcia <ljgarcia@ebi.ac.uk>
CC: "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>, BATISTA Dominique <dominique.batista@france-bioinformatique.fr>
Message-ID: <7A214FAC-40FD-4B6D-9055-80769CDD3B54@hw.ac.uk>
Dear All,

Leyla, thanks for kicking of this conversation on the list. It is something that I have discussed with several people in face-to-face conversations.
On 12 Dec 2017, at 17:41, Leyla Garcia <ljgarcia@ebi.ac.uk<mailto:ljgarcia@ebi.ac.uk>> wrote:

Any thoughts on using ShEX [1] or SHACL [2] rather than JSON schema [3] for validation purposes?

ShEx and SHACL are both more expressive than JSON schema, and better capture the validation needs of the Bioschemas profiles. In particular, they allow for the capture of relationships between entities and also restrictions on the vocabulary terms used.

Between ShEx and SHACL it is a closer run thing and we are doing some experimentation with both. ShEx has a more concise notation than SHACL and I understand that it has more expressive power. However, the SHACL libraries and documentation are more professionally put together and of course it has the endorsement of the W3C working group.

There will be an ELIXIR implementation study in 2018 that has a focus on validation so hopefully some of these issues can be investigated in that.

Best regards

Alasdair

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