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Re: using foaf/webid at W3C - Re: minutes of todays teleconf

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:17:50 +0100
Cc: peter williams <home_pw@msn.com>, Seth Russell <russell.seth@gmail.com>, public-xg-webid@w3.org
Message-Id: <67A05BC2-1C23-4DFD-96C2-32BFABEAFE7A@bblfish.net>
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>

On 22 Feb 2011, at 14:54, Dan Brickley wrote:

> On 22 February 2011 10:49, Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net> wrote:
>> On 22 Feb 2011, at 02:26, peter williams wrote:
>>  Just interested to know if W3C actually uses RDF and FOAF.
>> 
>> The W3C is not a semantic web fan club. A lot of people there believe only
>> in html or others only in javascript, and yet others in xml.
>> The director is very influential but he cannot order people to believe.
>> Wider use cases keep gaining converts, and things like this will certainly
>> be helpful.
> 
> I'm not sure this is a particularly useful way to frame things. The
> term "W3C" gets used in several ways - to refer to the formal
> Consortium, to the wider community around it, to the
> chairs/editors/members of its collection of groups, or to the W3C
> Staff, i.e. the W3C "Team". 
> [snip]
> It's better I think to consider specific people and groups' roles,
> rather than talk in religious terms (converts, forced belief, ...)
> about whether "W3C" is with versus against us. W3C is a big thing, and
> in a plenty real sense, the folk collaborating here are as much "W3C"
> as any of the rest.

I Agree both with what you say and that's a much more helpful response 
than mine. 

> 
> As for whether the W3C site and team use RDF, ... it's in a few
> places, but not heavily. For eg.
> http://www.w3.org/2002/01/tr-automation/ re metadata use around the
> technical reports page, or in http://www.w3.org/2000/08/w3c-synd/ we
> rigged up XSLTs to convert the home page news into RDF (RSS 1.0) and
> other formats. Of more interest here perhaps, the W3C site's access
> control database is (or was, I'm out of touch) using RDF behind the
> scenes - see http://www.w3.org/2001/04/20-ACLs.html and nearby.

I had forgotten about that. Thanks for reminding me. I'll open an issue to
collect ACL info.

> cheers,
> 
> Dan

Social Web Architect
http://bblfish.net/
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