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chartering an Advanced Mappings Community Group

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:50:39 +0000
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To: "public-csv-wg@w3.org" <public-csv-wg@w3.org>
I took an action last week to circulate a proposed scope for a W3C
Community Group that could take on the more advanced mapping
techniques that this WG has decided not to attempt to REC-track
standardize.

Last week's minutes: http://www.w3.org/2014/11/05-csvw-minutes.html
have a little discussion.

Here is the text as discussed briefly last week, let's call it draft v1:

"""This community group explores advanced techniques for mapping between
tabular data (based on http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/) and other
data representations. In particular, we focus on mapping to RDF (e.g.
using R2RML/RML) and text-based formats (e.g. using Mustache templates
and similar). The initial purpose of the group is to provide a public
forum for more advanced/complex approaches than the CSV on the Web WG
(https://www.w3.org/2013/csvw/wiki/Main_Page) is likely to standardize
on the W3C Recommendation Track. As such this CG aims to supplement,
support and enrich the work of the CSVW WG rather than duplicate it.
The more basic/simple CSV to RDF mappings expected from that group are
still evolving; CG members are encouraged to take that work as a
starting point, and to document use cases and requirements for any
more powerful mapping frameworks explored within the community group."""


Excerpting from minutes here:

AndyS: need to be a little bit careful, … since this WG isn't 100%
clear on what it'll do
… maybe better to wait til we're clear on what we'll do here
jenit: i think we have a pretty clear consensus from last week about
the limits of the mappings that we're considering
AndyS: dan's wording was "supplement, support and enrich" the WGs output
jenit: so your concern is that it might sound too close a rel
andys: maybe better to say that it goes beyond the work of the WG and
goes into new areas ... that it doesn't draw the line between the two
jenit: maybe it should mention the extension mechanism
andys: good idea

Nearby paperwork template:
http://www.w3.org/community/council/wiki/Templates/CG_Charter

Here is a v2, changes marked with [*]:

"""This community group explores advanced techniques for mapping between
tabular data (based on http://w3c.github.io/csvw/syntax/) and other
data representations. In particular, we focus on mapping to RDF (e.g.
using R2RML/RML) and text-based formats (e.g. using Mustache templates
and similar).

The initial purpose of the group is to provide a public forum for more
advanced/complex approaches than the CSV on the Web WG
(https://www.w3.org/2013/csvw/wiki/Main_Page) is likely to standardize
on the W3C Recommendation Track. As such this CG aims to supplement,
support and enrich the work of the CSVW WG rather than duplicate it.

[*] In particular the CG is expected to evaluate and use any extension
mechanisms defined by the CSVW WG, such as mechanisms for referencing
mapping-related files from within a CSV metadata file.

The more basic/simple CSV to RDF mappings expected from the CSVW WG are
still evolving; CG members are encouraged to take that work as a
starting point, and to document use cases and requirements for any
more powerful mapping frameworks explored within the community group.

[*] As a Community Group, a broader range of topics can be in scope
than for a Working Group. For example, while the central focus here is
on mapping from tabular data it is reasonable to expect discussion to
touch on mappings from other source formats (e.g. JSON, XML - see
http://rml.io/).
"""

I'm fine with waiting (as Andy suggested) on this while we fix more
explicitly what this WG thinks it will cover, but wanted to get this
thread started...

cheers,

Dan
Received on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:51:11 UTC

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