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Re: Best Practice 2 - Title and the use of the term format

From: Carlos Iglesias <contact@carlosiglesias.es>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:36:03 +0100
Message-ID: <CAAa1Xzmk3LMwQAVk_a2S594q_ECdbcQ+3ZxORd4ohpxTGFJyDw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Laufer <laufer@globo.com>
Cc: DWBP WG <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Hi Laufer, everyone,

On the format issue I don't see any problem as it is always correctly used.
On the other hand, and thinking in general computer science terms and not
only on semantic web, Turtle and CSV are both serialization formats (the
transformation of an abstract object - graph or table - to a specific
storage format).

On your suggestion for the title I agree it is much more appropriate for
the BP intention.

Where I tend to disagree in on the intention of the BP itself, as I think
the publisher responsibility is to provide machine metadata and it is up to
the user agent how to present that metadata to the user in the most usable
way (being the user agent a search engine, a web browser, a data catalogue
or a data analytics app for example)


On 19 January 2015 at 14:43, Laufer <laufer@globo.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> The term *format* is being used in the text in different contexts and can
> confuse the reader.
> The title of Best Practice 2 is: "Provide metadata in different *formats*"
> Then we have a kind of subtitle: "Metadata should be provided for both
> humans and machines"
> So the formats are (I guess): human-readable; machine-readable.
> In the text of BP2 we have: "Metadata for machines is best provided either
> as an alternative representation of the Web page in a *format *such as
> Turtle or JSON-LD (for RDF)...."
> We have also file formats: XML, CSV, JSON...
> Maybe we have to qualify the term format when we use it. So, Turtle is a
> serialization format, CSV is a file format, etc.
> ====
> I propose a more straight title to BP2: "Provide metadata for both humans
> and machines"
> What do you think about this?
> Best,
> Laufer
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Carlos Iglesias.
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