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Re: [ANN] Tabels (from tabular formats to linked data) is online

From: Ivan Minguez <ivan.minguez@fundacionctic.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:50:54 +0200
Message-ID: <50813E9E.9070605@fundacionctic.org>
To: Bernadette Hyland <bhyland@3roundstones.com>
CC: public-gld-comments@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Hi Bernadette,

2012/10/16 Bernadette Hyland<bhyland@3roundstones.com>:

> Hi Ivan,
> Thanks for sharing this announcement.  I found the tool easy to use and well
> explained. Nice work.

Thank you very much for your nice words, and apologizes for the late
response: we've been addressing some of your comments to improve this
beta release.

> I liked how quickly I could upload a csv file (note a .CSV failed, so that
> needs some attention) and view it immediately in Exhibit.  What are you
> plans for increasing the results set?  I understand the reasons to limit
> results, however, what is your experience with increasing the number to say
> 1,000?

Good point! We've actually increased the number of results to 1000.
With more results allowed, Exhibit runs slower.

> There are some decisions in the automatically generated Turtle that were
> made and are not clear.

We've just created a pair of explanation videos for a quick intro on
how to use Tabels and how to work with maps. Hopefully, they will be
helpful enough [1].

Regarding the RDF generated from a simple auto program, it just
reflects the structure of a plain table. The templates can be modified
to produce the desired RDF. In addition, this simple auto program does
not automatically recognize complex table structures. This has to be
done manually, writing a specific Tabels program. We're currently
working in the auto-recognition of some table structures.

> Also, some documentation on whether this is an R&D
> project that is up for the duration of someone's dissertation or research
> grant, or a project you intend to support for the foreseeable future, maybe
> even as a FLOSS project.

Tabels is a self-funded project of CTIC, partially developed in the
context of some R&D projects. CTIC bets then for Tabels as a promising
tool which deserves investment and commitment.

At this moment, Tabels is not an open source project, but it is
publicly available as a service. Users can benefit from Tabels to
perform their own data transformations. We'll keep in the next months
the development of Tabels and its data-exploitation toolkit in order
to provide more appealing features to end-users.

> There are many tools available but supported tools that have the potential
> to grow into community supported OS projects are entirely something
> different and will be met with more enthusiasm.
> Finally, how would you like the community to report issues?  Do you have an
> issue tracker set up?  I'll happy add my feedback this way if you provide a
> link.

Thank you for this valuable suggestion. We have provided a web form
both in the web page and the service to facilitate the feedback. We
are really interested in the comments and suggestions from you and the

Best regards,


Iván Mínguez Pérez
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