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Re: blank slate

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 08:19:05 -0700
Message-ID: <53DE52E9.4000102@kcoyle.net>
To: public-rdf-shapes@w3.org
Actually, the "compact, human readable syntax" is what I am most 
interested in. It may need to be built on top of what the group 
develops, but without it, the community I am most interested in will not 
be able to participate, as we will have few members with the technical 
skills to express constraints in something resembling, for example, a 
complex SPARQL query.

I posted a reply to this thread that no one has replied to, so it is 
sitting there sadly orphaned. Briefly, what I do not see anywhere in 
this conversation any mention of WHO is the target of this 
"deliverable". There is a great deal of discussion of the technology but 
almost none of the real world in which it will operate, and zero 
discussion of the target skill set of the intended implementers. As so 
often seems to happen in standards work, the skill set of the members of 
the standards group is assumed as the target skill set of all users. 
Those of us with a less technical background but a true need for a 
solution are seen as "non-representative" because we don't fit well into 
the group. The group is self-selected and quite possibly has a rather 
rarefied set of skills compared the vast majority of potential users of 
the deliverable, but that does not mean that the target audience should 
be the few members of the group.

kc



On 8/2/14, 9:58 PM, Irene Polikoff wrote:
> Sandro,
>
> It seems that even if the deliverables are to start with a "blank slate"
> (which I think would be unfortunate), some changes would still be needed
> to the list of deliverables such as deemphasizing  the "compact, human
> readable syntax" which is currently positioned as the primary focus of
> the work.
>
> Irene
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandro Hawke [mailto:sandro@w3.org]
> Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:10 AM
> To: Peter F. Patel-Schneider; Irene Polikoff; 'Arthur Ryman';
> public-rdf-shapes@w3.org
> Subject: Re: blank slate
>
> On August 2, 2014 8:21:36 PM EDT, "Peter F. Patel-Schneider"
> <pfpschneider@gmail.com <mailto:pfpschneider@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>  >Each charter draft I have seen points at one or more systems as a
>
>  >potential
>
>  >starting point for the working group.   The initial ones had ShEx a the
>
>  >
>
>  >starting point (at least as far as I can remember - I don't know how to
>
>  >look at old drafts).  The last paragraph of Section 3 in recent drafts
>
>  >directs the working group to look at several systems as a starting
>
>  >point.  I view this as putting some marks on the slate.
>
>  >
>
>  >However, for you mean a non-blank slate means that the working group's
>
>  >solution should start out with a particular thing.  Yes, the last
>
>  >paragraph of Section 3 doesn't mandate any solution and leaves this
>
>  >slate blank.
>
>  >
>
> Yeah, normative vs non-normative.  The older drafts (which sadly are not
> automatically available - I can pull them out of cvs if it's important)
> named where the group would start.   From there the group could change
> things, but it had to start with that.
>
> After discussion on this list it became clear there was no consensus on
> that, so we changed the charter so there is no design to use as a
> starting point, and instead the group will have to come up with one.
> More work, but that's the reality, it seems.
>
> I just hope the excitement around the charter turns into people willing
> to do the work.
>
>      - Sandro
>
>  >peter
>
>  >
>
>  >
>
>  >On 08/02/2014 04:57 PM, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>
>  >> On 08/02/2014 06:11 PM, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
>
>  >>> No charter draft that I have seen does start with a blank sheet, so
>
>  >this is
>
>  >>> somewhat of a moot point.
>
>  >>
>
>  >> Can you clarify this?
>
>  >>
>
>  >> I understand the "blank sheet" term to be about the idea that a WG
>
>  >can either
>
>  >> start with a "default" (or "starting point"), from which it can
>
>  >decide to
>
>  >> deviate, or from a "blank sheet", in which case a decision is needed
>
>  >to
>
>  >> produce anything.
>
>  >>
>
>  >> It was certainly my intent in drafting the last paragraph of the
>
>  >scope section
>
>  >> in the current version to be describing a blank sheet.   Do you read
>
>  >it (or
>
>  >> some other part of the charter) to be saying the WG has to start from
>
>  >some
>
>  >> chosen technology as the default?
>
>  >>
>
>  >>       - Sandro
>
>  >>
>
>  >> [1] http://www.w3.org/2014/data-shapes/charter  $Id: charter.html,v
>
>  >1.45
>
>  >> 2014-07-22 18:29:34 sandro Exp $
>

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