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Re: vCard - Old vs. New?

From: Benjamin Nowack <bnowack@semsol.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 10:50:52 +0200
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Cc: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
Message-ID: <PM-GA.20090508105052.67846.1.1D@semsol.com>

Hi Mark, 
using a Wiki + commenting is a nice approach indeed. Thanks
for the pointer.


On 07.05.2009 20:40:16, Mark Birbeck wrote:
>Hi Benji,
>Picking up on one point:
>> If I had anything to conclude, then I'd say that we could benefit from
>> some use-case-centric education site where you can pick a use case (not
>> a vocab!) and get examples illustrating the combination of possible
>> RDF schemas to encode the use case ("simple address book", "people
>> with multiple addresses", "social network contacts", ...). Each example
>> could mention alternative terms or approaches, and maybe SPARQLy
>> mappings between the different vocabs. It would help us, is probably
>> nice for beginners, and it would also show that the existence of
>> overlapping vocabs with slightly different focus or interpretation
>> of a source domain/format doesn't mean "fundamentally flawed approach"
>> which we often hear from those centralization lemmings.
>During the course of putting together some vocabularies for RDFa
>projects I'm working on, I created a Google Code project called
>'argot-hub' [1] which seems to take some steps along the path you are
>I've used the term 'argot' to describe a collection of terms for a
>particular purpose. They don't necessarily all belong to the same
>vocabulary, but by grouping them together, it makes it easier for
>people to get a handle on the terms that they might use in a
>particular context.
>All of the current argots are simple wiki pages, but for the most
>recent argot I'm working on (for a new project), I've used OWL and
>SKOS, embedded in HTML via RDFa.
>My main reason for this is that users need to be able to check their
>use of the argots, beyond just seeing if they have the RDFa correct,
>and the best way I could think of to do that was to use OWL.
>(Actually, the best way I could think of was to use RIF, and after
>spending many happy hours trying to find my way around the RIF
>specifications, I concluded -- hopefully correctly -- that I can
>derive RIF rules from OWL. So my first step would appear to be to code
>up the argots using OWL.)
>A by-product of using RDFa in HTML to specify the argots is of course
>that I can transform the documents into the same kind of wiki pages
>that I have now.
>Obviously it's early days, and the argots on the site so far are those
>that relate to the UK government RDFa projects I've been working on
>(covering job vacancies and government consultations), but I'd welcome
>any suggestions on how the argot idea in general can progress. Also,
>now that I'm using SKOS and OWL, I'm sure there is a lot of best
>practice that I can follow, so any pointers there would also be
>It hopefully goes without saying that if anyone wants to actually add
>some argots I'd be more than happy to work to make that happen.
>[1] <http://argot-hub.googlecode.com/>
>Mark Birbeck, webBackplane
>webBackplane is a trading name of Backplane Ltd. (company number
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>London, EC2A 4RR)
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