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Re: Resolving ISSUE-54, relationship of DCAT to VoID

From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:38:28 -0000
Message-ID: <9ff251085beb8a37bfcadbcfd12e681c.squirrel@webmail.sophia.w3.org>
To: "John Erickson" <olyerickson@gmail.com>
Cc: "Richard Cyganiak" <richard@cyganiak.de>, "Phil Archer" <phila@w3.org>, public-gld-wg@w3.org

> +1 to cygri's subtle re-wording; thanks!

+1 from me too, with sincere apols, again, for trying to get away witb
skim reading.

Phil
>
> On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM, Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
> wrote:
>> Phil,
>>
>> On 8 Mar 2013, at 12:15, Phil Archer wrote:
>>> The proposal says that DCAT will include
>>>
>>> * an informative reference to VoID,
>>> * a brief explanation of the difference in scope between both
>>> vocabularies,
>>> * a pointer to a place that talks about the relationship in more
>>> detail, which would ideally be an updated VoID spec.
>>>
>>> Which seems right. However, do you or Fadi have some suggested text?
>>
>> Yes. It was in the email and actually very hard to miss! Let me repeat
>> it:
>>
>>
>> PROPOSAL: Resolve ISSUE-54 by adding the following text to the DCAT
>> introduction:
>>
>> [[
>> Data can come in many formats, ranging from spreadsheets over XML and
>> RDF to various speciality formats. DCAT does not make any assumptions
>> about the format of the datasets described in a catalog. Other,
>> complementary vocabularies may be used together with DCAT to provide
>> more detailed format-specific information. For example, properties from
>> the VoID vocabulary [[VoID]] can be used to express various statistics
>> about a DCAT-described dataset if that dataset is in RDF format.
>> ]]
>>
>>
>> In short, your proposed text says: "VoID is for linked data, DCAT is for
>> catalogs". My proposed text says: "VoID is for data in RDF format, DCAT
>> is neutral with regards to format." Is this acceptable to you? It would
>> avoid John's objection.
>>
>> Best,
>> Richard
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> Please improve on this, for example:
>>>
>>> The VoID vocabulary is widely used to describe linked data sets that
>>> may or may not be published within a catalog. DCAT is designed to
>>> describe any sort of dataset but always within the context of a
>>> catalog. This difference in use case is what leads to the differences
>>> between the two vocabularies. Publishers are encouraged to publish
>>> metadata about their linked data sets using VoID in addition to records
>>> that appear in catalogs that use DCAT.
>>>
>>> That's quite a strong endorsement of VoID of course but as an
>>> informative bit of text we should be OK.
>>>
>>> Phil.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 08/03/2013 11:26, Richard Cyganiak wrote:
>>>> There are two remaining issues on DCAT that we couldn't address in the
>>>> telco. A Proposals for one of them is below. If you have any objection
>>>> to the proposed course of action, please say so via email.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ISSUE-54: Relationship of DCAT and VoID
>>>> https://www.w3.org/2011/gld/track/issues/54
>>>>
>>>> PROPOSAL: Resolve ISSUE-54 by adding the following text to the DCAT
>>>> introduction:
>>>>
>>>> [[
>>>> Data can come in many formats, ranging from spreadsheets over XML and
>>>> RDF to various speciality formats. DCAT does not make any assumptions
>>>> about the format of the datasets described in a catalog. Other,
>>>> complementary vocabularies may be used together with DCAT to provide
>>>> more detailed format-specific information. For example, properties
>>>> from the VoID vocabulary [[VoID]] can be used to express various
>>>> statistics about a DCAT-described dataset if that dataset is in RDF
>>>> format.
>>>> ]]
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Phil Archer
>>> W3C eGovernment
>>>
>>> http://philarcher.org
>>> +44 (0)7887 767755
>>> @philarcher1
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
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