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Re: Facebook's definition of a Place

From: Henning Schulzrinne <hgs@cs.columbia.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:17:30 -0500
Cc: "public-poiwg@w3.org" <public-poiwg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C454C27D-ADBE-4EEE-9B58-F45945777A01@cs.columbia.edu>
To: Jens de Smit <jens.desmit@surfnet.nl>
Picking up an old thread I missed: I don't see how you can define a POI "format" without adding another one, and hoping that it becomes the one everybody converts to for data exchange (whatever they use internally) - N conversions is a lot better than N-squared.


On Nov 5, 2010, at 4:16 AM, Jens de Smit wrote:

>>> One thing I'm worried about when using multiple notations is that, as a
>>> user/developer you will need tools to convert between one notation and
>>> the other. Won't this be very obfuscated to the uninitiated and thereby
>>> prevent adoption?
>> Well, i guess what I mean is that gazetteers, gml, kml, georss, geojson, facebook stuff, various AR things, plus essential associated info about places ... these are all very much deployed and won't go away in a hurry. So I see our work in large part, as inventing and deploying a convincing story for how poi info in any of these environments can flow around, without too much loss of meaning, damage to extension info, etc. 
>> In other words, multiple formats are a fact of life and hopefully we'll do something more useful than just adding yet another format to support. At some point I'd like to see a test cases repository with descriptions of 1000 POI items, mapped to various formats and to use cases. If we get 1000 and handle say 12 diverse use cases, from shopping guide, tourism and education to emergency response and grassroots journalism, games and accessibility; and if we then show how those items look in kml, gml, geojson, facebook rdfa etc, including URIs for linking, and extensibility fields, ... then I'd say we were done for a v1.0. Is that a realistic hope? :)
> You convinced me :) +1 from me to do something along these lines!
> Regards,
> Jens
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