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Re: strawman draft of "RDF Data Layers and Datasets"

From: Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2012 13:47:18 -0400
To: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Cc: Guus Schreiber <guus.schreiber@vu.nl>, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, public-rdf-wg <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120508174716.GC9473@w3.org>
* Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com> [2012-05-08 10:27-0700]
> On 2 May 2012, at 07:47, Guus Schreiber wrote:
> 
> > 
> > 
> > On 02-05-2012 15:42, Sandro Hawke wrote:
> >> I took the liberty of moving forward with drafting a possible spec, so
> >> we have something to look at.   Several sections are empty, but I'm
> >> pretty happy with what's there.  The example is that same as on the
> >> "Layers" page on the wiki.
> > 
> > Terminology issue (I would by no means want to disturb any arising consensus).
> > 
> > I don't think the term "layer" will do the required trick. I cannot but associate it with vertical relations. The term we choose should have both vertical and horizontal connotations. 
> 
> +1, I've spend too much time using Photoshop and similar tools to be able to get that model out of my head.
> 
> The OED definition is pretty clear that it indicated overlapping surfaces, generally with an implied hierarchy:
> 
> noun
> 1 a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body: bears depend on a layer of blubber to keep them warm in the water | figurative : a larger missile would provide a layer of defense at higher altitudes.

+1 to the default graph as the vital core, protected by strata of named graphs filled with insulating blubber.


> • a level of seniority in the hierarchy of an organization: a managerial layer.
> 2 [ in combination ] a person or thing that lays something: the worms are prolific egg-layers.
> 3 a shoot fastened down to take root while attached to the parent plant.
> 
> verb [ with obj. ] (often as adj. layered)
> 1 arrange in a layer or layers: the current trend for layered clothes.
> • cut (hair) in overlapping layers: her layered, shoulder-length hair.
> 2 propagate (a plant) as a layer: a layered shoot.
> ORIGIN Middle English (denoting a mason): from lay + -er. The sense ‘stratum of material covering a surface’ (early 17th cent.)
> 
> >                                                                          I'd prefer "box": boxes can be put next to each other 
> > or on top of each other.
> 
> Box has connotations of A-Box and T-Box, but otherwise is less confusing than layer.
> 
> - Steve
> 
> > Feel free to ignore for the moment.
> > 
> > Guus
> > 
> >> 
> >> http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/rdf/raw-file/default/rdf-layers/index.html
> >> 
> >> I have no idea if we'll get to this on the agenda today or not.
> >> 
> >>     -- Sandro
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> > 
> 
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