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Leaving the working group

From: Nicholas Humfrey <nicholas.humfrey@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:28:37 +0100
To: <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
CC: olivier Thereaux <Olivier.Thereaux@bbc.co.uk>, Yves Raimond <Yves.Raimond@bbc.co.uk>
Message-ID: <CC24D5E5.799A9%nicholas.humfrey@bbc.co.uk>

I have made the decision to leave the W3C RDF Web Working Group.

The main reason is that my job at the BBC has expanded to include more areas
and I no longer have time to attend the working group meetings.

Even before the change in my job, I found it very difficult to stay on top
of all the emails that are sent to the mailing lists. I believe it is a full
time job keep track of it all - and without staying on top of it, it is
difficult to contribute effectively. Unless it is the core of your business,
(or you have a lot of spare cash!) this makes is very difficult for industry
to be involved in the W3C.

This isn't helped by the working group spending a lot of time discussing and
disagreeing on very theoretical or trivial issues. Many of the issues are so
complex that if the average (competent!) web developer was to try and adopt
the technology, they would never understand the problem anyway.

While I value the strong foundations that you get by building on top of the
semantic web, the W3C really needs to concentrate on making the semantic web
simpler and easier to adopt by the average developer.

Congratulations on your progress with Turtle and JSON-LD - they are great
steps forward in making the Semantic Web more usable. But for now the
semantic web will remain a hobby for me and I think I will be more effective
in contributing to it as an outsider submitting comments.


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