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Re: I've built www.vocabs.org - A community driven website that allows you to build RDF vocabularies

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:16:29 +0100
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhLFRXTichoXt0MqD+cxBLT_Scbt2MVDbdduG+izQVSy8Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Luca Matteis <lmatteis@gmail.com>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org
On 14 February 2013 17:46, Luca Matteis <lmatteis@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It's my first time here, but I've been attracted to the Linked data
> initiative for quite a while now. A couple of weeks ago I needed to build
> my first RDF vocabulary.. I cannot tell you how hard this process was for
> an RDF newbie as myself. I had to read a couple of books, and read a lot
> all over the web before I could get a grasp of it all.
>
> Even after understanding the linked-data context, and how the technologies
> involved worked, I was still left with a set of tools that I thought were
> pretty limited. I had to download apps, that did or didn't work. And learn
> various different programming APIs to generate the RDF that I wanted. I can
> only imagine the difficulty a non-techie person would have when trying to
> build a vocabulary.
>
> Another issue that I confronted when looking for existing vocabularies,
> was that most of the time they were created by a single entity (a group of
> people) that knows about the lexicon of the subject. I think this is quite
> limited as well. A vocabulary should be open and agreed upon a group of
> people. It should be community-driven. It should be crowd-sourced and
> validated, the same way correct answers are validated on Stackoverflow.
>
> So in a couple of days I built http://www.vocabs.org/ that does exactly
> this. It allows people, with very little technical experience, to start
> creating vocabularies (entirely through the web-interface). Not only that,
> but different users can then join and comment, and add new vocabulary
> terms. An example of this: http://www.vocabs.org/term/WineOntology(*hint* click "download" at the top).
>
> I was just wondering what the Semantic community thinks of this idea. I
> hope it's clear what I'm trying to achieve here, but maybe a better
> explanation would be here: http://www.vocabs.org/about
>

Looks great

Two features we are lacking in some of the existing vocabs are

- CORS enabled (I think even dublin core doesnt have this turned on yet)
- HTTPS which can be useful for things like payments to prevent MITM



>
> Thanks!
>
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