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Re: Use case mail

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 13:14:20 +0200
Message-ID: <4C7F870C.2070501@few.vu.nl>
To: public-xg-lld <public-xg-lld@w3.org>

> Dear all
> To prepare for our calling for external contributions for (use) cases, I
> have drafted a first mail at
> http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/Use_Case_Call_Mail
> It is heavily adapted from the SKOS Call for use cases at
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swd-wg/2006Dec/0036.html
> Comments are of course highly welcome. And feel free to directly fix any
> typo or grammatical mistake you would spot on the text!

A note on this: while adapting the SKOS use case mail I felt very tempted to re-use the introduction at http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/Use_Case_Template (copied below). I really like that piece of text, and I think it is a good way to assert that we especially value user-oriented use cases for our task, even if other cases are welcome as well. However it would make the mail we send a very long one, even if we shortened it to half of its current size.

I'd thus suggest to fit this introduction into http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/UCCuration , which is communicated to external contributors in the current draft mail.

Maybe we can discuss this on the coming call. But it is now quite late, and anyway objections or approval by mail are always welcome, especially from these who have sent regrets :-)



The mission of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group is to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web by bringing together people involved in Semantic Web activities--focusing on Linked Data--in the library community and beyond, building on existing initiatives, and identifying collaboration tracks for the future.

Achieving this goal will depend on identifying shared models, modes of collaboration, and a common understanding of the changing ways that data is shared on the web.

One approach to this problem is to identify use cases that reflect expectations of how end-users will exploit library services and assets, how libraries will make such assets and services available, and the infrastructure and devices necessary to complete this connection. It is important, as well, to recognize that libraries exist within an ecosystem of many information providers and services, and the interrelationships among all information providers is an important component of such use cases.

A use case describes what a user can do with a system by specifying a sequence of interactions between user and system leading to a desirable outcome. It should not be confused with specifying the technology itself: a use case may allow for many alternatives to achieving user needs. While use cases are typically devised independently of underlying technology (that is, they are intended to expose functional requirements, rather than to specify the means by which such requirements are satisfied), the focus of this Incubator Group is specifically on how linked data approaches might be brought to bear so as to improve the overall ability to satisfy user needs. The linked data perspective should therefore be integral to the use cases.

To help analysis across use cases and to keep a consistent level of information, each use case should try to follow the template below, providing something for each non-optional field.
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