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Re: Schema.org v. 1.2. published, adding Potential Actions vocabulary.

From: Simon Spero <sesuncedu@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:55:16 -0400
Message-ID: <CADE8KM6YCZbN=8heRv5XwD6+RH2K07Z2tBd78F5DBdrRt52P4A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>
Cc: "martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org" <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>, Dieter Fensel <dieter.fensel@sti2.at>, John Domingue <j.b.domingue@open.ac.uk>, W3C Web Schemas Task Force <public-vocabs@w3.org>
[HTTP-N what? :)

DAML too:
For more recent work see: http://sadiframework.org/

I haven't checked the latest updates to Actions; last time I checked there
were issues with their being oddly constrained.

For the typical schema.org use case, the most useful thing to represent is
a subcollection of action,  with certain aspects specified but the entity
described not being a specific instance of an action being performed.  For
example, the collection of all  CommunicateActions where the recipient is

potentialAction goes a little of the way towards this, but is only
applicable to the object role.

Also, since Actions are intangible, they cannot be what a Service produces
(constrained to tangible Thing).   So a cleaning service cannot be a


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM, Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com> wrote:

> (cc trimmed)
> On 16 April 2014 15:43, martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
> <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org> wrote:
> > Great to see the idea of Semantic Web Services materialize in some form
> in a real-world setting!
> >
> > It would be interesting to see which conceptual similarities can be
> found between the new branch in schema.org and WSMO (
> http://www.wsmo.org/TR/d2/v1.3/). I bet there will be overlap ;-)
> There have been a lot of previous explorations of this territory, e.g.
> HTTP-NG http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-HTTP-NG-interfaces/
> http://www.w3.org/Conferences/WWW4/Papers2/141/  and there was even a
> workshop ~17 years ago, http://http://www.w3.org/OOP/ "Object
> Technology and the Web". The theme has been in the Web community since
> the early days, e.g. http://www.w3.org/Talks/WWW94Tim/ ("This means
> that machines, as well as operating on the web information, can do
> real things.").
> The interesting thing this time around is that schema.org Actions are
> not just an abstract architecture, but come packaged alongside a large
> supporting vocabulary. And the vocabulary in turn covers more than
> just the action types themselves, but also provides various other
> necessary types and properties that are needed to put the abstractions
> into practice. It surely won't be the last word on this matter but I
> believe it'll prove a useful milestone.
> cheers,
> Dan
Received on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:55:43 UTC

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