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Re: [dxwg] Revisiting the definition of "profile" (#963)

From: pwin via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 06:21:54 +0000
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Looking at the [W3 site](https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aw3.org+%22is+a+profile+of%22) , aside from our work I see things like:

- The Registered Organization Vocabulary **is a profile of** the Organization Ontology for describing organizations that have gained legal entity

- ADMS **is a profile of** DCAT

- Appendic C was a profile of a specific XHTML syntax but **not a profile of** a specific HTML syntax, whereas Polyglot Markup **is a profile of** both the specific syntax of XHTML5 and the specific syntax of HTML5

- WebCGMTM **is a profile of** the ISO Computer Graphics Metafile standard (ISO/IEC 8632:1999), tailored to the requirements for scalable 2D vector graphics

- The value specified must adhere to the W3C Date and Time Format, which **is a profile of** ISO 8601

I think that the Antoine definition would describe the intent of these.

Elsewhere, outside of W3C, I see things like:

- http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/subject-areas/biology with a few mentions of metadata profile, or similar and also "data profile" [e.g. FGDC/CSDGM Biological Data Profile ] or "an extension of"  [e.g. HISPID - Herbarium Information Standards and Protocols for Interchange of Data
An extension to ABCD 2.06, it is designed to allow the storage and transmission of herbarium plant specimen data.]

I think that these also fit with the Antoine's definition.  

The docs for these mention that they are based on some prior standard and that this was done for a defined purpose  [e.g. section 2 of [https://github.com/tdwg/abcddna/blob/master/640-3005-1-SM.pdf](https://github.com/tdwg/abcddna/blob/master/640-3005-1-SM.pdf)

Section 1.1.2 of [https://www.fgdc.gov/standards/projects/FGDC-standards-projects/metadata/biometadata/biodatap.pdf](https://www.fgdc.gov/standards/projects/FGDC-standards-projects/metadata/biometadata/biodatap.pdf) is usefully detailed: 

>This profile is intended to support the collection and processing of biological data. It is intended
to be useable by all levels of government and the private sector.
The profile was developed by defining information required by a prospective user to determine
the availability of a set of biological data; to determine the fitness of a set of biological data for an
intended use; to determine the means of accessing the set of biological data; and to successfully
transfer the set of biological data. As such, the profile establishes the names of extended data
elements and compound elements (groups of data elements) to be used for documenting
biological data, the definitions of these extended compound elements and data elements, and
information about the values to be provided for the data elements. The profile also describes any
modifications to the optionality or repeatability of non-mandatory elements and any
modifications to the domains of standard elements in the FGDC’s Content Standard for Digital
Geospatial Metadata.
The standard is not intended to reflect an implementation design. An implementation design
requires adapting the structure and form of the profile to meet application requirements. The
profile does not specify the means by which this information is organized in a computer system
or in a data transfer, nor the means by which this information is transmitted, communicated, or
presented to the user. 

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