[PORT] SKOS planning to 31 April

Hi all,

The SWBPD-WG has asked for a 3 month charter extension to finish off a 
couple of documents and draft a charter for subsequent activities, which 
would take us up to 31 April. Continued SKOS work will feature in 
subsequent activities, most likely as a recommendation track work item.

So how could we best use the time to 31 April?

One option is to plan a 3rd review and publish 3rd public working drafts 
of the SKOS Core Guide and SKOS Core Vocabulary Specification. If we did 
this, I'd suggest we don't aim to be too ambitious, but go for changes 
like the extensions appendix, for which we know there is an immediate 

Note that the chairs have indicated that the current SKOS WDs are quite 
sufficient as input to recommendation track work, so there is no 
necessity for us to publish 3rd public working drafts.

Another option is to begin drafting a use cases and requirements 
document. The fundamental requirements and use cases driving design of 
SKOS Core have until now been implicit, and I think it would help to 
focus design goals if we attempt to articulate them. This would also 
greatly help scoping of rec track work. OWL has a 'requirements and use 
cases' document [1], as does SPARQL [2] - I haven't read these yet but I 
plan to :)

Speaking personally, I'd rather put my effort into a use cases and 
requirements document. I'm currently finishing off a masters course, and 
only have a limited amount of time to devote to SKOS over the next 3 

Whatever we decide, we can of course continue to develop and discuss the 
SKOS Core proposals/issues list [3].



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/webont-req/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-dawg-uc/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core/proposals

Alistair Miles
Research Associate
CCLRC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Building R1 Room 1.60
Fermi Avenue
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
Email: a.j.miles@rl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445440

Received on Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:15:58 UTC