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Re: Exciting changes at Data.Southampton.ac.uk!

From: Barry Norton <barry.norton@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:57:20 +0200
Message-ID: <4D958560.2070104@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>
To: Christopher Gutteridge <cjg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
CC: "<public-lod@w3.org>" <public-lod@w3.org>

Congratulations on the move to PDF, but shouldn't these resources really 
be SOAP-resolvable?

It's so backwards-looking merely to rely on HTTP when there's a whole 
stack of technologies you could employ here...


On 01/04/2011 09:23, Christopher Gutteridge wrote:
> 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 
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