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

From: Luca Matteis <lmatteis@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:42:06 +0100
Message-ID: <CALp38EPx7QzUdwHRR+dBJw4FQ-J-xkJbQt8DNS4hnCtbTZUaDw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org
Hi Melvin,

Thanks for your feedback. CORS could actually be implemented, but this is
really only useful if you're wanting to request data using browser-side
JavaScript. So its application is rather limited, and not a high-priority
feature imho.

Regarding HTTPS, we're not dealing with highly sensitive material so I
truly think it's kind of redundant. The data that is transferred is Open
Data, therefore a MITM attacker would simply gain access to information
that is already open.

Hope this may have cleared things. But CORS is definitely on my list of
things to consider implementing :)

On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM, Melvin Carvalho

> 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!
Received on Friday, 15 February 2013 17:42:34 UTC

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