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

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Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2019 21:19:29 +0000
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@aisaac What does "named" actually add?  Can we not take it for granted that a profile would have a name?

> describing data is not prescriptive enough for me. I'd like more to keep "defines/constraints"

I agree, and that is indeed why I changed "describes" (from my earlier proposal) to "defines" - borrowed from Karen.

> some of the enumeration of what's contained in a profile from the earlier definition would really help. I think we didn't add these for no reason, at the time!

When I dug a bit deeper, I found that the wording ("subclasses of datatypes, semantic interpretations, vocabularies, options and parameters... necessary to accomplish a particular function") was mostly borrowed from ISO 10000-1, which AFAICT was a software engineering standard.  I [questioned](https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-dxwg-wg/2019Jun/0144.html) the notion of "sub-classes of datatypes" because datatypes are not classes, and I suspect that the original ISO standard actually was referring to software functions.  I am also unclear what "parameters" refers to; does DCAT have parameters?  That leaves vocabularies, semantic interpretations, and even options, which make more sense to me.

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