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RE: What are VCs similar to?

From: Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 21:34:29 +0000
To: Ted Thibodeau Jr <tthibodeau@openlinksw.com>
CC: "public-credentials@w3.org" <public-credentials@w3.org>
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Thank you Ted, I greatly appreciate the concrete examples of W3C Primers.

What I'm initially going to propose is a much simpler style of document that, if the community chooses, might later evolve into a Primer.

The concept I have in mind I'm referring to as a Guide, with the working title being the Verifiable Credentials Guide (actual title subject to eventual discussion once the work item is ready for review).  The high-level goal is to knit together, by reference, the 3 documents we currently have in the VC family with some framing such as:

  *   Background
  *   Overview
  *   Purpose
  *   Intended Audience
  *   Goals
  *   Drivers
  *   Organization of the VC Documents
  *   A section per existing document with a single paragraph or two about each of the existing VC documents in terms of what they contain
  *   A final section about how they inter-relate, where to go for what

Body text of maybe 5 pages in length (I would be personally disappointed if it was much longer than 5 pages).

Oops 😉 I didn’t mean to but I guess the above is the draft of the core language in the W3C Note work item to be proposed, maybe later this week.

A follow-on CCG work item might propose that an actual Primer be created (as referenced by Ted’s excellent list of examples) but I have a strong preference that we start with the Guide concept because I think it can be completed fairly quickly, without too much contention, and still provide significant value – particular for the audience I have in mind (possibly in the 1.1/1.2 timeframe without impacting the 1.1/1.2 schedule …or with very minimal impact).

Like yourself Ted, I’m bringing forward my knowledge and experience as a software architect, professional communicator, and awarding-winning technical writer. I want to do this in a collegial way to benefit the VC community at large.

Lastly, I need a co-author. Who would like to work on this work item as a co-author (is editor the more correct term?).


Michael Herman

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From: Ted Thibodeau Jr <tthibodeau@openlinksw.com>
Sent: August 24, 2021 2:03 PM
To: Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
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Subject: Re: What are VCs similar to?

On Aug 24, 2021, at 09:16 AM, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net<mailto:mwherman@parallelspace.net>> wrote:


> [last attempt :-) ]

> What I’m looking for is a set of existing specs that we can use as a model for how to structure our VC specification documents (which are not a single spec doc but rather a family of recommendations and notes).


> Thoughts?


> Michael

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2. Michael, I believe what you're looking for is what folks

   in W3 groups have long referred to as a PRIMER.  Examples

   include the PROV-O Primer [1], the RDF 1.1 Primer [2],

   and many more [3].  Contributions to such a primer for

   DIDs, VCs, and related arenas would be welcome, I'm sure,

   though I should caution all potential contributors that

   those contributions may be edited rather a lot by the end

   of the process, and you may not recognize what you have

   contributed in the final product -- but that does not

   mean that your contributions are not valuable and helpful

   along the way!  Every little bit helps!

Be seeing you,


[1] https://www.w3.org/TR/prov-primer/

[2] https://www.w3.org/TR/rdf11-primer/

[3] https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aw3.org+inurl%3Atr+primer


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