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Re: Proposal: Audiobook

From: Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:00:49 -0500
Message-ID: <CAChbWaP2Xs9yEoNeOV6QEodW1-QOon5o7Kz5Z=Vty04+13ct8g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>
Cc: Phil Barker <phil.barker@hw.ac.uk>, "public-vocabs@w3.org" <public-vocabs@w3.org>
In that case, Dan.

+1 to getting rid of all your work, and just put 1,000,000 properties under
THING.  Done. :)

I still stand firmly, rigidly, on practical use of Schema.org and
sub-types.... and someone does have to absorb the cost, but with someone
bearing the cost, others reap the benefits including the Schema.org
stakeholders, which was the whole initial point of Schema.org...least you

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com> wrote:

> On 27 September 2013 14:42, Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com> wrote:
> > [snip]
> >>
> >> My suggestion is that in some way the documentation reflect which
> >> properties are "core" and which have been added for some domain specific
> >> purpose. I know it is difficult to say what constitutes the cross domain
> >> core, but I think it would be relative easy and useful to group together
> >> those properties of, say, CreativeWork that were added because they are
> >> specifically relevant to resources being described for use in the
> context of
> >> learning, or those properties that are specifically relevant to the
> >> description of legal aspects of a resource. This might help users focus
> >> their attention on those properties relevant to them and help them
> >> understand what the descriptions mean. Alternatively, working
> vice-versa it
> >> may be useful to suppress those properties of, say, a Diet or Volcano
> that
> >> have been inherited but really aren't particularly applicable to the
> >> specific class in question.
> >>
> >> Phil
> >>
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > Uhh... that's the whole point of HAVING Types to begin with... grouping
> > common properties together around a Domain Type.
> >
> > (slap slap slap...wake up folks...we still like you Phil, however ;-))
> Phil's suggestion is not unreasonable. There is a real cost to
> elaborating the type system to try to distinguish everything
> super-cleanly. Each new distinction will also introduce new forms of
> complexity and opportunities for mis-shapen data. The alternative,
> which is our currently rather flat and scruffy approach, means that
> our simple documentation structure sometimes seems to nudge publishers
> towards publishing weird or near-nonsensical data, like volcano fax
> numbers.
> My favourite example currently is that http://schema.org/Place has a
> subtype http://schema.org/Country which inherits an association to the
> property http://schema.org/openingHoursSpecification
> Now commonsense tells us that most countries don't have opening hours.
> Something's weird about the very idea. But perhaps North Korea,
> Vatican, ... other small states might plausibly have opening hours?
> Would it really be so astonishing - rather than amusing - to find such
> information in http://www.liechtenstein.li/index.php?id=56&L=1 or
> other microstates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microstate) ? Or
> consider the border controls around Gaza.
> Commonsense is notoriously hard to formalize. How can we capture the
> common intuition that "opening hours" is probably not amongst the most
> useful property to list alongside "Country", even if it is
> theoretically feasible? If Countries can't have opening hours, what
> about cities? Schemas draw rigid lines, when reality is much blurrier.
> Sooner or later we end up with grey areas, and need to figure out how
> to document around them.
> Suppressing or downplaying properties in schema.org document when they
> are not much used in practice could be quite handy - but also risks
> being a self-fulfilling prophecy. Stats from the search engines or
> commoncrawl.org / http://webdatacommons.org/ could be useful here. It
> might also be useful (perhaps not on schema.org itself) to have
> indications of which type/property combinations are actually used in
> real services and tools. None of this is a substitute for tidying up
> the schema definitions, but I do feel such softer techniques are very
> much worth pursuing. We can't keep tightening schemas in the hope that
> eventually we'll have made it impossible to express foolish things. It
> is reasonable to seek a way of downplaying 'opening hours' on Country
> without necessarily proclaiming that a Country can never ever have
> opening hours...
> cheers,
> Dan

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