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Re: INSEE releases OWL ontology and RDF data for ?geographical?entities

From: Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com>
Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006 10:58:19 +0200
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, semantic-web@w3.org, public-xg-geo@w3.org, Franck Cotton <franck.cotton@insee.fr>
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Despite the appearances, I think that we agree on most of these points.

What I meant by "placeholders with seeAlso attributes" is what is
described as "Variation: FOAF and rdfs:seAlso" in
http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData .

Let me present my personal view on these issues differently...

I don't think that, among the RDF documents that are published right
now, one should be privileged and be used as the base URI for resource
identifiers (or RDF URI references if you prefer). Furthermore, I really
believe we should preserve the distinction between the abstract
identifiers of the COG entities and the addresses of the documents where
they are described.

If these documents were hosted on one of my servers using my favorite
operating system and web server, I would have published documents
following the FOAF and rdfs:seeAlso variation of
http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData as both XHTML and RDF with
content negotiation.

However, these documents are not published by hackers on their personal
sites but on corporate site by a large administration which has other
constraints and we've tried to do our best to publish a first release
with these constraints (the good news is that these documents should be
more perennial than if they where published on my personal site!).

It looks like the major blocking point in this discussion are the 404
errors and I'll try to make some proposals to the INSEE to try to change

Does that sound reasonable?

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