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Re: Ed and Outreadch Opportunity

From: Dave McAllister <dmcallis@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 06:35:13 -0800
To: David Pullinger <David.Pullinger@coi.gsi.gov.uk>, "Kevin' 'Novak" <KevinNovak@aia.org>, Joe Carmel <joe.carmel@comcast.net>, "'Brian Gryth'" <briangryth@gmail.com>, "'eGovIG IG'" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
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And good PDF generators will embed XMP metadata in the creation step.

On 1/27/10 3:50 AM, "David Pullinger" <David.Pullinger@coi.gsi.gov.uk> wrote:


As well as separate data files, it is perfectedly possible to embed RDF(a) into PDF files, as other markup, and so provide access to Linked Data thereby...

We're considering whether or not to issue standards in this area so that those who insist on releasing information in PDF files nevertheless don't put a block on Linked Data.


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>>> "Joe Carmel" <joe.carmel@comcast.net> 26/01/2010 18:56 >>>

One option to consider might be XForms (and XSLTForms in particular).  Although Iím not familiar with the school district financial data, it seems like publishing an XForm on a central website and mandating that school districts fill it out would be easy to create, maintain, and implement.  The output files could then be posted centrally and/or locally.

Iím working with Owen Ambur and several others on something like this for StratML.  Check out http://www.xmldatasets.net/XF2/stratmlxform3.xml.   Itís still being developed but it might serve as an example.  The idea is to provide a way to create, import, update, display, and finally catalog StratML fles across the web.


From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Novak, Kevin
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:13 PM
To: Brian Gryth; eGovIG IG
Subject: RE: Ed and Outreadch Opportunity


I am here to help you.

I can provide input and opinion on the piece you are developing. I concur with your assessment of PDF. Other options in addition must be considered.


From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Brian Gryth
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:08 PM
To: eGovIG IG
Subject: Ed and Outreadch Opportunity

Good day all,

Members of the Colorado General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would mandate school districts to publish certain financial data in a down loadable format.  The bill is HB10-1036 and is available at http://legislink.org/us-co?HB10-1036.  This is a good thing on the surface.  What concerns me is the fiscal impact statement associated with the legislation.  The concerning part of the fiscal impact statement focuses on the information being released in PDF or in an image format (e.g. JPEG, TIFF, GIF), but does not talk about other formats.  The fiscal note is available at http://bit.ly/80RBiu.  As has been discussed by this group and in other places, PDF only publication is not the best method of publishing government data.

Therefore, I saw this as a perfect opportunity for some education and outreach.  I am planning on putting some summarized information together that will discuss data publication methods to sent to the bill sponsors and other members of the Colorado legislature.  I also plan on speaking at the Senate hearing for the bill as a concerned citizen.

I would appreciate the assistance of anyone wishing to help me out.  Please feel free to e-mail me and I will share a Google Doc I will be using to draft the materials.


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