Re: [dxwg] Are PROF roles misplaced in resourceDescription? (#769)

@rob-metalinkage What this comes down to, I believe, is whether PROF is a vocabulary for DCAT profiles or whether it is a general solution for any profiles. Using DCAT Distribution would presumably only be relevant to the former. Some of the assumptions that I perceive that drive the DCAT model (such as you mention above, having non-stable access URLs, or wishing to catalog profiles using a Distribution as a proxy or surrogate) are not universal. A general-purpose language wouldn't prevent the use of a Distribution-like catalog entry for a resource if folks wish to employ that. Requiring it, though, would be a limitation in my opinion. It would also make it difficult to integrate it with the profiles guidance work, which is not DCAT-specific.

In addition, moving on to including a "way to handle cataloguing" is considerably beyond the scope that we have agreed on up to now for PROF. If that is needed for a PROF implementation of DCAT APs, then it should be defined there. In essence, PROF the vocabulary will probably be used within a profile of PROF (getting meta!), since RDF itself provides no actual constraints, only inferences. And I can point to Dublin Core as proof that a general purpose vocabulary with minimal semantic commitment is very useful.

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