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URLs in Data Working Draft

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:49:49 +0100
Message-Id: <07AEB58E-A387-44CD-8B80-36AAB0269F53@jenitennison.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: public-lod@w3.org, public-rdf-wg@w3.org
Dear public-lod, RDF WG,

Some of you will have seen that the First Public Working Draft of "URLs in Data" has been published by the TAG [1].

This document is the outcome of the call for change proposals [2] for the TAG's 2005 decision on httpRange-14 [3].

The document purposefully does not address the issue of what a URI 'identifies' or how to discover additional information about it (beyond best practice that has been documented elsewhere). It aims instead to clarify the circumstances in which different communities of practice may draw different conclusions about the content of a document on the web, and how to avoid this by having clear definitions for the properties you use when publishing data that uses URIs.

For RDF and linked data, the implication is that applications should focus on the statements that are being asserted about a given URI in the data that they have (from whatever source) to determine what to do. To avoid misinterpretation and misuse, and particularly where there's the possibility of ambiguity (eg 'license' or 'creator'), vocabulary authors should state whether a given property applies to the content retrieved from the subject URI or to something that content describes.

The TAG does not intend to work further on these issues in the immediate future, except to respond to and integrate comments on this document. Please send any comments on the document to www-tag@w3.org.



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/urls-in-data/
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/uddp/change-proposal-call.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2005Jun/0039.html
Jeni Tennison
Received on Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:50:13 UTC

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