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

From: Ian Davis <me@iandavis.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:12:57 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTim7ES85CoKzCiP9ZToxbL-PYLitxRAkfzVrSroC@mail.gmail.com>
To: Christopher Gutteridge <cjg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Cc: "<public-lod@w3.org>" <public-lod@w3.org>
Christopher,

I really don't see why I should have to reengineer my entire toolchain
simply to consume your proprietary format. It is well known that the
standard for information interchange is the Microsoft Word 97 document
format which is easily read by every popular computing package. I for one
will not be submitting to the opression of PDF.

Ian
On 1 Apr 2011 08:29, "Christopher Gutteridge" <cjg@ecs.soton.ac.uk> 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
>
>
> --
> 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/
>
>
>
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