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Re: The need for RDF in Linked Data

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:47:16 -0400
Message-ID: <51BFE654.1090008@dbooth.org>
To: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org
On 06/17/2013 04:41 PM, Phil Archer wrote:
> On 17/06/2013 06:26, David Booth wrote:
> [..]
>> For example, suppose the client application dereferences a URI and
>> obtains a comma-separated-values (CSV) document.  unless the client
>> application knew how to interpret that file, it would not be able to
>> make meaningful use of that data.
>
> Subject to W3C Member approval and other bits of process, we hope to
> launch a WG to define exactly that in the near future (say Sept/Oct).
> i.e. define a metadata format and association mechanisms with CSV so
> that you can express row and column headings, data types and, I hope,
> basic templating rules for turning string values into URIs but I'm not
> sure that's in the charter (I'm thinking something like GREL
> http://code.google.com/p/google-refine/wiki/GRELFunctions). That same
> data could be used to generate other formats besides RDF (OData etc.)

Excellent!  If it allows CSV documents to be standards-based interpreted 
as RDF then it would be a perfect example of the fact that data does not 
have to *look* (overtly) like RDF to *be* RDF.

David
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