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Re: Lack of RDF/XML examples in new standards

From: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:17:50 +0000
To: Stephen Bounds <km@bounds.net.au>
Cc: SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>, public-swd-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20081118121749.GC9152@skiathos>

Hi Stephen,

I had originally intended to do the SKOS Reference such that each
example was available as either Turtle or RDF/XML or an image
depicting the graph, then have an option to set your preference for
the document and have examples displayed in your preferred format...

...what stopped me so far is time. If anyone wants to write a script
to translate all the Turtle examples from the SKOS Reference into
RDF/XML (then maybe generate some graph images too) I'd be more than
happy to add them .. shouldn't be too hard :)



On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 01:58:27AM +0000, Stephen Bounds wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was just reading through the SKOS Primer and saw that "this Primer,  
> together with the SKOS Reference document [SKOS-REFERENCE], replaces the 
> earlier SKOS Core Guide [SWBP-SKOS-CORE-GUIDE] and the SKOS Core  
> Vocabulary Specification [SWBP-SKOS-CORE-SPEC], which are now  
> deprecated".
> I think this is a mistake.  One of the best things about the Core Guide 
> and Vocabulary Spec was that they have an extensive set of RDF/XML 
> examples which, let's face it, form the vast bulk of implemented RDF 
> systems.
> Replacing RDF/XML notation with tuple notation in the Primer and  
> References places a great big roadblock to understanding for those who  
> are looking for an easy XML language to describe and interrelate  
> concepts.
> Sure, the superceded documents are still available but people won't know 
> to go to older versions to find these examples.
> In all probability, I wouldn't have taken the time to understand how  
> SKOS worked without having RDF/XML examples available to read and  
> understand.  I can see many others making the same decision, and I think 
> it has the potential to seriously impact on SKOS uptake.
> Just my 2c,
> -- Stephen.

Alistair Miles
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