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Exciting changes at Data.Southampton.ac.uk!

From: Christopher Gutteridge <cjg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 08:23:22 +0100
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After some heated debate after the backlash against me for my recent 
comments about PDF, I've been forced to shift to recommending PDF as the 
preferred format for the data.southampton.ac.uk site, both for 
publishing and importing data.

There are some issues with this and I know not every one will be happy 
with the decision; it wasn't easy to make... but on reflection, however, 
it's the right one. It is much easier for non programmers (the majority 
of people) to work with PDF documents and they are supported by pretty 
much every platform you can think of with a choice of tools and the 
benefit of familiarity.

We've provided a wrapper around 4store to make PDF the default output mode:
http://sparql.data.southampton.ac.uk/?query=PREFIX+soton%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fid.southampton.ac.uk%2Fns%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+foaf%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fxmlns.com%2Ffoaf%2F0.1%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+skos%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2004%2F02%2Fskos%2Fcore%23%3E%0D%0APREFIX+geo%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2003%2F01%2Fgeo%2Fwgs84_pos%23%3E%0D%0APREFIX+rdfs%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2000%2F01%2Frdf-schema%23%3E%0D%0APREFIX+org%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2Fns%2Forg%23%3E%0D%0APREFIX+spacerel%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fdata.ordnancesurvey.co.uk%2Fontology%2Fspatialrelations%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+ep%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Feprints.org%2Fontology%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+dct%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fpurl.org%2Fdc%2Fterms%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+bibo%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fpurl.org%2Fontology%2Fbibo%2F%3E%0D%0APREFIX+owl%3A+%3Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2002%2F07%2Fowl%23%3E%0D%0A%0D%0ASELECT+%3Fs+WHERE+{%0D%0A++++%3Fs+%3Fp+%3Fo+.%0D%0A}+LIMIT+10&output=pdf&jsonp=#results_table

And most information URIs can now be resolved to PDF, but we are 
sticking to HTML as the default (for now)
http://data.southampton.ac.uk/products-and-services/FreshFruit.pdf

The full details and rationale are on our data blog
http://blogs.ecs.soton.ac.uk/data/2011/04/01/pdf-selected-as-interchange-format/E 


-- 
Christopher Gutteridge -- http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/1248

You should read the ECS Web Team blog: http://blogs.ecs.soton.ac.uk/webteam/
Received on Friday, 1 April 2011 07:24:17 UTC

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