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Re: Is vCard range restriction on org:siteAddress necessary?

From: Phil Archer <phil.archer@talis.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 15:30:39 +0000
Message-ID: <4D233D1F.3070004@talis.com>
To: Linked Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>
Thanks everyone for the replies. OK, I'm going to try and use vCard like 
it says!

Dave R - thanks for the example of one location having 2 addresses. I 
thought that such a thing might be possible but couldn't think of an 
example. I was thinking about shared office space but that didn't lead 
to separate address labels for a single site within an org chart.

Keith - yes, the RDF encoding of vCard is very good... at encoding vCard.

Here's a repeat of my (very close to real world, Dave C) example:

<blah> a org:Site ;
   ex:addressLine1 "Unit 5" ;
   ex:addressLine2 "Example Industrial Estate" ;
   ex:town "Westbury" ;
   ex:county "Wiltshire" ;
   ex:country "United Kingdom" ;
   os:postcode <.../postcodeunit/EX11EX> ;
   geo:lat "51.2569489" ;
   geo:long "-2.2007225" .

If my understanding of vCard is correct then what follows is a valid 
conversion (I don't claim that this is the only valid interpretation):

<blah> a org:Site;
   org:siteAddress <blah/vcard> .

<blah/vcard> a v:Address ;
   v:extended-address "Unit 5" ;
   v:street-address "Example Industrial Estate" ;
   v:locality "Westbury" ;
   v:region "Wiltshire" ;
   v:postal-code "EX1 1EX"
   v:country-name "United Kingdom" ;
   os:postcode <.../postcodeunit/EX11EX> ;
   geo:lat "51.2569489" ;
   v:latitude  "51.2569489" ;
   v:longitude "-2.2007225" ;
   geo:long "-2.2007225" ;
     """Unit 5,
     Example Industrial Estate,
     EX1 1EX,
     United Kingdom""" .

(btw I've gone back to the RFC for vCard [1] to find out that the order 
of elements for an address is:

post office box;
extended address;
street address;
locality (e.g., city);
region (e.g., state or province);
postal code;
country name.)

I've used the top level class of 'Address' since it doesn't feel right 
to call this a work address. Is it OK to go straight from an org:site to 
v:Address without going through v:VCard first?

Dave suggested using Label, which seems sensible, but that gets 
confusing, I think anyway, when considering the label property, the 
value for which is a pre-formatted string that can be printed and stuck 
on an envelope (the triple quotes come courtesy of the Turtle spec at [2]).

I've included the OS postcode data (which is one of the drivers for this 
work in the first place) as well as the geo Lat/long.

I guess the underlying question here is: is this what you have in mind, 
Dave? Is this kind of modelling useful, over and above including address 
info directly as properties of the site?


[1] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2426.txt
[2] http://www.w3.org/TeamSubmission/turtle/#longString

On 04/01/2011 13:39, Dave Reynolds wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-01-04 at 12:38 +0000, Alexander Dutton wrote:
>> On 04/01/11 11:49, Dave Reynolds wrote:
>>> The separation between the Site and the address isn't necessary in
>>> general, but it is necessary in order to reuse vcard. An org:Site isn't
>>> a vcard:Address [*] hence the need for the indirection.
>> I think there's some confusion between the vCard and the address.
> You are right, my response wasn't clear - my head is not properly
> rebooted after the holidays :)
> At one point we had considered having org:siteAddress point directly to
> a vcard:Address, hence my confusing response.  However, in the end we
> wanted to allow all the vcard properties (not just addresses) without
> conflating a site with its vcard.
>> I
>> would have said that:
>> [] a org:Site, v:VCard ;
>>      v:adr [
>>        ex:addressLine1 "Unit 5" ;
>>        # or (if you prefer)
>>        a v:Address ;
>>        v:street-address "Unit 5" ;
>>        …
>>      ]
>> I agree that addresses are not the same as sites, but I'm not sure that
>> there's any need to use the org:siteAddress property to distinguish a
>> site from its v:VCard. Using v:adr with an org:Site maintains that
>> separation without needing the intermediate resource.
> It's arguable either way.
> The semantics of what it means to be a vcard:VCard aren't that precise
> but I've tended to regard is as a representation of a glorified business
> card (i.e. a description of an information record, a "directory" entry
> to use the IETF terminology) rather than a representation of a physical
> or virtual location.
> I can't see a clear cut practical problem with the conflation but prefer
> the conservative approach of keeping them separate. That makes it easy
> to extend org:Site without worrying if that fits with the dual
> interpretation as a VCard. For example, an extension which talked about
> the physical size and population of an org:Site would be natural but I'm
> not sure they would make sense as attributes of a vcard.
> In principle, a Site could also have multiple vcards for different uses
> (e.g. a Goods-in back entrance with its own street address, map and
> phone number separate from the main reception but part of the same
> physical site).
>> The vCard ontology doesn't give a general property for linking a thing
>> to its v:VCard, which suggests to me that the only way to discover
>> addresses in the general case is when properties in the vCard namespace
>> are applied directly to people, places, etc. (In other words the v:VCard
>> class simply means "a thing to which addresses, phone numbers, etc are
>> attached".)
> I think it reflects more the nature of the vcard IETF spec (i.e. a
> specification of a content type for directory information) separate from
> the RDF usage of associating a directory entry with some entity.
> Cheers,
> Dave
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