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Re: [dxwg] Use case: web browser navigation of profile information

From: kcoyle via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:19:05 +0000
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Thanks, @agreiner . First, the charter reads "guidance for the publication of profiles" and I've been trying to figure out - for my own self - what significance the word "publication" has there. I'm tending to assume that the purpose of publication is usability, so maybe we shouldn't focus overly much on that word. Can we interpret that as meaning How can one publish profiles so that they will be more usable? And does that intend something more than making them machine-actionable, or could it extend to a full profile "ecology"? @philarcher ?

You say: "For example, the same dataset distribution served for different profiles may offer more content with a profile that describes more things. The user may want the fuller set of data but would have no means of knowing that it exists." In some past conversations, I believe it was @larsgsvensson  who stated that conneg would not itself solve that problem, and that the information may be held by either the requester or the server. On the other hand, @RubenVerborgh 's use case (UC ID3) illustrates making a selection based on properties in the profile:

   "For example, a profile X could demand that all persons are described with the FOAF vocabulary, and a profile Y could demand that all books are described with the Schema.org vocabulary. Then, a response which uses FOAF for people and Schema.org for books, clearly conforms to both profiles. "

When you say: "The user may want the fuller set of data but would have no means of knowing that it exists" what do you think would be needed so that the user can discover what profiles exist? What kind of description would give users that information? 

The follow-up, depending on the answer, is whether this is something we are prepared to tackle within our work.

(Note: we have a rather vague requirement that profiles be discoverable, but that hasn't been elaborated.)


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