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Re: BP 11 - 'convenience APIs'

From: Clemens Portele <portele@interactive-instruments.de>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 12:37:56 +0000
To: Jeremy Tandy <jeremy.tandy@gmail.com>
CC: SDW WG Public List <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BF44B545-E4D1-4EEA-B524-294BEC5C5D72@interactive-instruments.de>
Right now I have included text (inspired by the text in BP12) that the API should "support queries for spatial things based on user needs. For spatial data, a typical need is to support searching data located in a specific area, for example, an area shown as a map in an application. Where users often look for a particular spatial thing without knowning its identifier, a fault-tolerant free-text search on the name, label or other property may be useful."

If we can be more specific about the type of search capabilities (and have examples for those), this would be helpful. http://statistics.gov.scot/ seems to be a good candidate for such an example (although the API tab on the search page is blank?).

OpenSearch Geo and Temporal are mentioned as examples.


On 1 Mar 2017, at 13:29, Jeremy Tandy <jeremy.tandy@gmail.com<mailto:jeremy.tandy@gmail.com>> wrote:


one thing to tee up for this afternoon's discussion is whether there's anything specific we should say in BP11 about Search - especially if we remove BP12.

For BP12, I think that this could easily be incorporated into BP11; but note that Josh said that he would provide advice about what functions should be included to support _spatial_ search.

Josh- any comment?

BTW, I recall that the original suggestion for what became BP12 originated from Bill. He identified where users don't often know the exact name of URI of the spatial thing they're looking for, so offering a search operation is vital, e.g. textual search on name to return list of identifiers, opensearch geo [and temporal] query patterns, and (if you're using RDF DataCube) what else is listed in the same dimension. See Swirrl's http://statistics.gov.scot/#explore_home and http://statistics.gov.scot/search by way of examples.


On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 at 12:25 Jeremy Tandy <jeremy.tandy@gmail.com<mailto:jeremy.tandy@gmail.com>> wrote:
Just to say that Clemen's PR [1] has been merged into the Editor's Draft (thanks Linda!).

[1]:  https://github.com/w3c/sdw/pull/587

On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 at 12:22 Jeremy Tandy <jeremy.tandy@gmail.com<mailto:jeremy.tandy@gmail.com>> wrote:
Thanks Clemens -

If you would like we could swap discussion of BPs 11, 12 and 13 into the "main" part of this afternoon's agenda in place of the discussion about sitemaps; Lars has offered regrets so we wouldn't get his input on that discussion.


On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 at 10:18 Clemens Portele <portele@interactive-instruments.de<mailto:portele@interactive-instruments.de>> wrote:
Dear all,

in the last BP telecon (https://www.w3.org/2017/02/15-sdwbp-minutes) I took the action to work on the best practice related to the convenience APIs to access spatial data (BP 11). As we have our next BP call today, I want to provide an update on the status.

An updated version is now in this pull request (many thanks to Jeremy for his input): https://github.com/w3c/sdw/pull/587. Only the introduction to section 12.6 and BP 11 have been changed (plus the bibliography).

The main change has been to consolidate this BP with the changes that occurred in DWBP before it was finalised and focus on the specific aspects that relate to spatial data and SDIs.

The current WD has some additional ideas for examples, but I have removed them when they were using generalized APIs, not specific to spatial data or unclear to me. If anyone has text for more examples, this would be good.

Bart: You should check, if your input is represented properly or if you would like to propose any amendments.

I think that we could remove BPs 12 and 13 as they are essentially covered by the DWBP best practices and BP 11 (maybe some of the current text in the two BPs could be moved to BP 11), but it would be good to have examples that relate to these BPs in BP 11.

Best regards,

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