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Re: What are VCs similar to?

From: Steve Capell <steve.capell@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:43:27 +1000
Message-Id: <355D884A-DFAA-4CC2-8815-F06106CD668B@gmail.com>
Cc: Ted Thibodeau Jr <tthibodeau@openlinksw.com>, public-credentials@w3.org
To: "Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web)" <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
Would the intended audience be:
- technical people new to the domain that need some high level architecture overview and navigation framework into the more detailed specifications (including all the ccg documents)?


- business / policy people who need a layman’s overview and business case for investment so that they have the backing to fund projects?


Some other audience?

Steven Capell
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> On 25 Aug 2021, at 7:36 am, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net> wrote:
> 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?).
> Thoughts?
> Michael Herman
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ted Thibodeau Jr <tthibodeau@openlinksw.com> 
> Sent: August 24, 2021 2:03 PM
> To: Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
> Cc: public-credentials@w3.org
> Subject: Re: What are VCs similar to?
> On Aug 24, 2021, at 09:16 AM, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <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
> 1. All -- Note how I've trimmed all the excess from this message.
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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,
> Ted
> [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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