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Re: NY Property Tax Explorer

From: Bart van Leeuwen <bart_van_leeuwen@netage.nl>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:35:31 +0100
To: Steven Adler <adler1@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "DWBP WG" <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OFE053DE02.195298E1-ONC1257E15.004FC585-C1257E15.0050290D@netage.nl>
I think we try to assemble a 'best practice' with this working group.
I sincerely hope you don't consider data published in a PDF to conform to 
this best practice.

I'm not arguing that it is possible to get usable data from these formats, 
but they were not intended to carry data in a machine readable way.


Steven Adler <adler1@us.ibm.com> wrote on 27-03-2015 15:09:32:

> From: Steven Adler <adler1@us.ibm.com>
> To: "DWBP WG" <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
> Date: 27-03-2015 15:10
> Subject: NY Property Tax Explorer
> You may recall I submitted a use case about this example from NYC 
> last year.  The developer, Chris Wong, who works for Socrata, wrote 
> a Ruby routine to scrape 1000 PDF files for property tax data to 
> fill out this map app:
> http://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/track/issues/56
> Chris is a self-taught developer, by no means a pro.  I think this 
> story well demonstrates that Data on the Web today is quite 
> innovative and PDF, JPG, AVI, MP3, and MP4 are commonly machine 
> Restricting our recommendations to file formats that conform only 
> those covered by W3C WG's (JSON, CSV, RDF, etc) ignores the reality 
> of how Open Data is published and used.
> Best Regards,
> Steve
> Motto: "Do First, Think, Do it Again"
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