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Re: Updating the VoID spec

From: Dave Reynolds <dave.e.reynolds@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:39:06 +0100
Message-ID: <55C1E7CA.5060809@gmail.com>
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Hi Phil,

Do you really mean to change the namespace?

That would mean that all existing tools that access void would cease to 
work on new data and would have to be rewritten to look for properties 
in both namespaces and/or all existing datasets mentioning void would 
have to be rewritten to be conformant with the revised spec.

The vocabulary ceasing to dereference is a minor inconvenience. Changing 
the namespace impacts all data and is a *much* bigger deal.

An alternative might be to leave the namespace unchanged but add a 
comment in the document that the namespace no longer resolves and that 
copies of the vocabulary can be obtained from X (whether that's Insight 
or W3c or both).


On 05/08/15 11:17, Phil Archer wrote:
> Dear all,
> Following the demise of rdfs.org [1] and INSIGHT's statement of intent
> to maintain vocab.deri.ie [2], we need to update the specification
> document at http://www.w3.org/TR/void/
> The current version [3] points to the rdfs.org namespace of course.
> I've created a GitHub repository for the SWIG [4] and, within that, have
> had a first pass at updating the voID document [5].
> The offer remains on the table to host the VoID vocabulary at
> www.w3.org/ns/void. At the time of writing, vocab.deri.ie remains
> unavailable.
> The major change is, of course, the change in namespace, but there are
> many references in that document that are out of date so I've had to do
> more than just search and replace the namespace URI. For example, since
> VoID was written, RDF 1.1 has been finalised etc. Changes are listed in
> the change log at the end of the document.
> The W3C process for updating the document is pretty simple in this case
> [6]. We just need to make sure that members of this Interest Group -
> i.e. this mailing list - are content with the changes and then Dan, as
> SWIG chair, can call a vote (by e-mail).
> The doc in the GH repo has a suggested date for the new publication of
> 18 August but there's no need to feel tied to that. If you want write
> access to the repo, please just let me know your relevant ID.
> Suggestions for improvements are welcome of course.
> Phil.
> [1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/semantic-web/2015Aug/0010.html
> [2] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/semantic-web/2015Aug/0013.html
> [3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/NOTE-void-20110303/
> [4] https://github.com/w3c/swig/
> [5] http://w3c.github.io/swig/void/
> [6] http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/#Note
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