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Re: Catalog software to maintain/display OWL vocabularies...

From: <chris-beer@grapevine.net.au>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:43:22 +1100 (EST)
Message-ID: <61634.165.12.252.111.1264110202.squirrel@webmail.grapevine.com.au>
To: "Peter Krantz" <peter.krantz@gmail.com>
Cc: "eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Hi Peter

On the face of it, the logical solution would be to retain such a
catalogue at the highest level - I'm thinking as an example of how we deal
with namespaces for xml or other languages in the W3C domain in doctype
declarations and the like.

While the make up of Swedish, or indeed any other governments,
Ministerial/Departmental structure is always likely to change over time
(even if its just a change in technology), the Swedish government itself
will always be present - it is unlikely that sweden.gov.se or sweden.se
will cease to exist regardless of changes that happen below it.

So I'd probably suggest that the easiest way to deal with this is to model
a catalogue off the W3C namespace concept, retained in a simple database,
and always accessible from the sweden.gov.se domain. The will also
alleviate the need for dedicated software, as a well crafted basic
database with associated CMS for uploading/managing the ontologies would
be a fairly simple exercise (relative to other solutions) to create and
manage. Getting the WoG policy around this into place and enforced is
likely to be the main barrier to your implementation, as well as ensuring
there are the human resources to manage, check and normalise the
ontologies.

IMO :)

Cheers

Chris

> Hi!
>
> We are investigating cost efficient ways of maintaining a catalog of
> vocabularies created by various agencies. As data outlives
> organizations I would like to bea able to find an OWL model years
> after the agency that created it was shut down.
>
> In addition, many of the websites that our agencies have today are
> poor att maintaining URL:s over time so a common repository would make
> life easier for the people involved in creating and maintaining
> vocabularies.
>
> I guess I would like to have a model.gov.se website that presented
> vocabularies in a consistent way for both humans and machines while at
> the same time enabling discoverability of all the vocabularies that
> the public sector creates.
>
> Is anyone here aware if such software exists? Has anyone seen similar
> catalogs on the web?
>
> Regards,
>
> Peter Krantz
> Stockholm, Sweden
>
>
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