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Persistent Hosting for Common Ontologies

From: T.Heath <T.Heath@open.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 12:22:29 -0000
Message-ID: <E0FEA5DF00E59E409F90C854A1B45BAA02950107@EPPING-EVS1.open.ac.uk>
To: <public-grddl-comments@w3.org>
Cc: "Harry Halpin" <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>, "Danny Ayers" <danny.ayers@gmail.com>


On a couple of occasions recently the subject of persistent hosting for
commonly used ontologies/vocabularies has come up, and I was wondering
if this is something that could be coordinated at a W3C level, for the
benefit of the SW community and beyond.

The examples I have in mind are the Review Vocabulary, which currently
redirects to [1], and the "SWC Conference Ontology"; this is the working
title for the conference ontology first incarnated for ESWC2006,
enhanced for ISWC2006, and now being stabilised ahead of ESWC2007 (see
[2] for more info).

Particularly for the SWC Conference Ontology, it would be nice not to
anchor this to an event specific namespace such as eswc2007.org, but
instead to use a neutral location to emphasise its broader relevance. I
imagine the same is true of the Review Vocabulary. If something like
http://ns.semanticweb.org was possible, that might send out the right

On a related topic, at the same time it might be worth addressing the
issue of profile URIs for microformats, if they're going to be used for
GRDDLing. This is likely to be of higher priority to the Semantic Web
community than it is to those using microformats to build a (lowercase)
semantic web, so perhaps we need to take the lead.

Will be interested to hear your thoughts,



[1] http://dannyayers.com/xmlns/rev/
[2] http://homepages.cs.manchester.ac.uk/~seanb/dogfood/

Tom Heath
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