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[SKOS] branding

From: Alistair Miles <a.j.miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 13:57:01 +0000
Message-ID: <4589412D.60705@rl.ac.uk>
To: SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

Hi all,

Following on from a comment I made during yesterday's telecon, here are some thoughts on 
the "SKOS" brand.

Initially (going back to SWAD-Europe in 2004) we created "SKOS Core" "SKOS Mapping" and 
"SKOS Extensions" each as a separate brand, corresponding to the three RDF vocabularies 
under development (each with it's own URI namespace). The current SKOS web site is 
structured along these lines, with a main "SKOS" page [1] and three sub-pages for each of 
the three vocabularies [2,3,4]. Almost all of the content on the SKOS web site is 
currently organised around the SKOS Core page (proposals, translations, validation etc.) 
because that's where we've focused most of our attention so far.

However, my experience of talking to people about SKOS is that almost everyone recognises 
"SKOS" as a single brand, and hardly anyone bothers to talk about "SKOS Core" even though 
that's what they may be referring to. I suggest we reorient all public material to match 
this perception.

Moving from the old "proposals and issues list" [5] which was just for SKOS Core to a 
single unified issues list for all things SKOS is a step in this direction.

I suggest we continue in this direction, and reorganise both the SKOS web site and the 
future W3C tech reports to match the perception of SKOS as a single brand. I started 
writing a new SKOS website to reflect these ideas, it's only half baked at the moment but 
you can get an idea, see:


Any thoughts or comments most welcome :) I had actually hoped to be able to roll that out 
in time with the call for use cases, but unfortunately other commitments got in the way.



[1] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos
[2] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/mapping/
[4] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/extensions/
[5] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core/proposals

Alistair Miles
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