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Re: Leaving the working group

From: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:39:55 -0400
Cc: <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>, olivier Thereaux <Olivier.Thereaux@bbc.co.uk>, Yves Raimond <Yves.Raimond@bbc.co.uk>
Message-Id: <F19C94FE-48E5-4558-94CF-30C2D23FC318@3roundstones.com>
To: Nicholas Humfrey <nicholas.humfrey@bbc.co.uk>
Thank you for participating, Nick.  We appreciate your help.

I sympathize with your comments regarding industry participation.  It can be particularly challenging to find an appropriate balance.  My personal experience has suggested that it is at least sometimes possible to get there in the end.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.  Please do comment on public-rdf-comments@w3.org as your time allows.


On Jul 12, 2012, at 14:28, Nicholas Humfrey wrote:

> Hello,
> 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.
> nick.
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