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Re: Redefining the RDF abbreviation for more accessibility

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:18:35 -0500
Cc: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfpschneider@gmail.com>, Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, David Booth <david@dbooth.org>, public-rdf-comments <public-rdf-comments@w3.org>
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To: Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>

On Jul 28, 2012, at 9:15 AM, Eric Prud'hommeaux wrote:

> * Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfpschneider@gmail.com> [2012-07-25 16:36-0400]
>> I vote for Reality Disruption Field.  :-)
>> 
>> I vote against anything that includes data, big or little.
> 
> since it seems to give us all reason to debate things we essentially agree upon:
> Reality Debate Facilitator
> 
> 
> There were similar discussions about what to do with the acronym for Simple Object Access Protocol. The ended up saying that "SOAP" was just a name, not an acronym for anything 

Or we could make it recursive: RDF Defies Formalization.

Pat

> 
>> peter
>> 
>> On 07/25/2012 04:28 PM, Dan Brickley wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 25 Jul 2012, at 20:44, David Booth <david@dbooth.org> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> To help the general public better understand RDF, how about renaming the
>>>> long form to something like one of the following:
>>>> 
>>>> RDF: Reusable Data Framework
>>>> RDF: Reusable Data Format
>>>> 
>>>> (Or maybe someone else will come up with a better one.)
>>>> 
>>>> If this is done, I suggest *also* retaining the existing "Resource
>>>> Description Framework" name in the title to avoid confusion, such as:
>>>> 
>>>> RDF: Reusable Data Framework (a/k/a Resource Description Framework)
>>> My initial gut reaction was 'oh god, no....', just w.r.t. Introducing more confusion, ambiguity, and obsoleting ever book written on the topic.
>>> 
>>> But then, ... somehow it is tempting. I was similarly tempted to recycle 'URL' a while back. I like 're-usable' (or 're-cycled'); and 'resource' always was an awkward word. Even if we don't do this officially this could come in useful as an informal slogan for what RDF is all about.
>>> 
>>> See also 'reality distortion field...'
>>> 
>>> Dan
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> With RDF 1.1, this might be a good opportunity for such a renaming.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> -- 
>>>> David Booth, Ph.D.
>>>> http://dbooth.org/
>>>> 
>>>> Opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily
>>>> reflect those of his employer.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> -- 
> -ericP
> 
> 

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