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Re: Feedback on Dataset Schema

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:00:52 +0200
Message-ID: <CAFfrAFqCZ2+z2vzo0A3YaRN3-eEWH5Rtn_GW5rw35hy4RCyCww@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leigh Dodds <ld@talis.com>, Joshua Shinavier <josh@fortytwo.net>
Cc: public-vocabs@w3.org
On 12 July 2012 12:38, Leigh Dodds <ld@talis.com> wrote:
> On 12 July 2012 10:39, Joshua Shinavier <josh@fortytwo.net> wrote:
>> ...
>> On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:42 AM, Leigh Dodds <ld@talis.com> wrote:

>>> I note that the table in the wiki refers to ds:license but this is not
>>> called out anywhere.
>> Currently, the idea is simply to point to a WebPage about the license,
>> but I'm open to other suggestions.
> I think thats probably sufficient. Most licenses have a clear
> destination page. Would be nice to have the property documented and an
> example added.
>>> Does a generic license property apply to the
>>> Dataset schema or is there a more general term?

We should probably add this to the FAQ, as it crops up a lot: the
schema.org project does not plan to get into the business of
representing licenses or similar restrictions. There is some risk such
properties would be misunderstood, as described
... excerpting: "We don't want schema.org's descriptive vocabulary to
be misinterpreted by anyone as proscriptive, i.e. as something broadly
like the http://www.robotstxt.org/ protocol  - as a way of
communicating with search service providers."

I realise that describing license info is an important concern for
many. Both RDFa and Microdata provide syntactic options for
non-schema.org properties to be mixed in with schema.org-based
descriptions. Alternatively, others (e.g. IPTC rNews and LRMI) have
chosen to document usage patterns for properties which aren't
officially documented at schema.org. I hope some similar compromise
design can meet people's needs here.

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