Re: Series generalized, VideoGameSeries added for sdo-venkman release

Please take another look.

This is a larger attempt at a general Series type, following the direction
of this thread and github discussions.

There are subtypes for TVSeries, RadioSeries, as before; however we also
add minimalistic MovieSeries, BookSeries, as well as bringing in Periodical
and the new VideoGameSeries type. Media-specific
properties have been pushed down into the movie-tv-games-radio areas.

There are probably some rough edges, but feedback on the general direction
would be useful. The intent is for Series' definition not to seem too weird
for either written or media content. This means it has to be general, so we
balance that by linking very explicitly to the subtypes for detail...

Does this work? Does it seem too hasty to include MovieSeries, BookSeries
here or does that help in rounding out the picture and general approach? We
could comment them out and discuss them at more leisure later if they do
seem too tricky to get right...


ps. full implementation details are in this branch,

On 18 November 2014 20:43, Dan Brickley <> wrote:

> [snip]
> Ok, so it appears I tried to implement the rough consensus in
> too hastily, and also
> ran into some legacy baggage in our schema structures. In particular I
> missed out the idea that we would introduce subtypes of Series such as
> (initially) VideoGameSeries, so that the less generic Series
> properties (episodes, actor, director etc.) *could* migrate down to
> the subtypes. I would like the wording of Series to be open to its use
> with books, periodicals etc even if the presence of 'director',
> 'actor' is (perhaps temporarily) awkward. If there are sites today
> publishing TV and radio Series data using the top class Series, rather
> than specific subtypes, it seems awkward to remove properties from
> Series. I'll dig around to see how many such cases I can find.
> In favour of the present wording, Dan Scott in the github issue did
> say "@danbri @Dataliberate Actually, I don't have a problem with the
> wording; books, comic books, pamplets, etc are all forms of media
> (print media).". But "A media series, e.g. TV, radio or video game."
> needn't be the final word on Series. It surely won't be.
> There is also the question of how many of the VideoGame properties to
> also attach to VideoGameSeries. I went with the simple approach of
> saying "all of them", even if some of them will be unlikely. We could
> prune a few perhaps.
> Anyway I'll take another pass through this tomorrow and hope to return
> here with something more polished. The legacy baggage that needed
> tidying is that (for old implementation reasons that have gone away
> since we moved to appengine/github) there were various properties that
> listed domains including both e.g. Series and TVSeries, RadioSeries.
> That was a hack needed to make the TV/Radio improvements last year
> work with the existing site codebase. I'm removing the redundant
> subtypes and tidying some old text...
> Dan

Received on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:24:21 UTC