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Searching for LOV responsibles : the Drake equation

From: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:37:31 +0100
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To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>, public-vocabs@w3.org
Hello all

Apologies for cross-posting, but Kingsley started it :)
And I've reduced the cc list to a minimum ...

I had a couple of feedback those days by people who understood that the
open spreadsheet referenced below [1] was aimed either at claiming prefixes
for vocabularies, or submitting vocabularies to LOV, whatever.
Please refer to the original discussion on public-vocab [2] to understand
what it is about, but I want to clarify it agian here : This initiative is
an experiment to identify for each of the 300+ current vocabularies
gathered in LOV, a responsible person as of today for the availability,
content, past and foreseeable future management of the vocabulary.
This information is different of what can be found in the vocabulary
metadata or documentation if any, in particular for vocabularies published
years ago.

Assuming that :
- Such responsible people do exist for a reasonable proportion (p1) of the
- Among those, a reasonable proportion (p2) do lurk on either public-lod,
public-vocabs or semantic-web list, or wherever this message will be pushed
via social networks.
- Among those, a reasonable proportion (p3) is ready to raise a hand saying
: yes, that's me!
- Among those, a reasonable proportion (p4) considers the proposed method
as a sensible way to do so.
- Among those, a reasonable proportion (p5) will actually do so.

The above assumptions lead to a number of answers
N = p1.p2.p3.p4.p5.V
where V is the number of vocabularies in the LOV cloud

Similar to Drake equation [3] At the difference of aliens, though, some
vocabulary responsible have already given signs of life. In the first week,
18 people have been listed, representing 39 vocabularies ... out of more
than 300.
Showing at least that all above factors are strictly positive, which is
good start ... if it's only a start.
In short, more aliens are welcome to show up at [1]

I've given an arbitrary delay of one month for this experiment. Basically,
at the end of February, we'll make the counts and try to evaluate the value
of each of the above factors. I'm afraid the critical one is p1, actually,
but I would be happy to be proven wrong.

Last word : if you want to show up for a vocabulary not yet listed at [1]
feel free to do so by adding an entry in the spreadsheet, but at the same
time please submit it to LOV using the "suggest" form at [4], and don't
forget to read [5] before in order to make sure your vocabulary is LOV-able.

Thanks for your attention!


[1] http://bit.ly/WB0ad5
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-vocabs/2013Jan/0125.html
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation
[4] http://lov.okfn.org/dataset/lov/suggest/
[5] http://lov.okfn.org/dataset/lov/Recommendations_Vocabulary_Design.pdf

2013/1/22 Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>

>  On 1/22/13 11:45 AM, Bernard Vatant wrote:
> Make a list of "globally adopted schemas" (vocabularies)  and put a *
> responsible* agent name/email/URI whatever Web identifier in front of it
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiYc9tLJbL4SdHByWkRYUkYxZU5qS1lQOE5FV0hiNlE#gid=0
> Free to edit by anyone. If you are* currently responsible* for a
> vocabulary, put your name and contact email address.
> Let's take a month to see what we can gather. A month from now I will mail
> all declared responsible to have confirmation, lock the document, and add
> this information to LOV vocabularies description.
> Best
> Bernard
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