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Re: RDF vs. iCal

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 03:35:35 -0400 (EDT)
To: Michael Arick <marick@cse.ucsc.edu>
cc: <www-rdf-calendar@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0105310329470.480-100000@tux.w3.org>
On Wed, 30 May 2001, Michael Arick wrote:
[...]
> Furthermore, as I understand it, we are trying to provide a framework
> for transition from iCal to RDF-based calendaring, so leaving any iCal
> data out is NOT a good idea.

There's a distinction to be made here:

Many of us do indeed want to transition our _data_ from purely iCal
systems into more general systems. But this discussion list isn't
chartered to set about the grander task of moving the world from iCal
based calendar _systems_ to generic RDF calendaring. What we can do is
work on prototypes etc so we can all better understand the tradeoffs
involved. For many people, for many years to come, iCal will do just fine.
But the rest of us will want to load some/all of that iCal data into RDF
systems so we can query, merge, manipulate it.

In my view, mapping from iCalendar into RDF may turn out to be the
cheapest way to proceed with getting some good prototyping done. But we
shouldn't slip from that into seeing ourselves as the 'replace iCalendar'
group.

Dan
Received on Thursday, 31 May 2001 03:35:39 UTC

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