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Re: The need for RDF in Linked Data

From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:41:35 +0100
Message-ID: <51BF747F.2020800@w3.org>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org

On 17/06/2013 06:26, David Booth wrote:

> For example, suppose the client application dereferences a URI and
> obtains a comma-separated-values (CSV) document.  unless the client
> application knew how to interpret that file, it would not be able to
> make meaningful use of that data.

Subject to W3C Member approval and other bits of process, we hope to 
launch a WG to define exactly that in the near future (say Sept/Oct). 
i.e. define a metadata format and association mechanisms with CSV so 
that you can express row and column headings, data types and, I hope, 
basic templating rules for turning string values into URIs but I'm not 
sure that's in the charter (I'm thinking something like GREL 
http://code.google.com/p/google-refine/wiki/GRELFunctions). That same 
data could be used to generate other formats besides RDF (OData etc.)

More details soon but basically that's what's behind my hope that it may 
well be possible to publish data that is close to being 5 star linked 
data... without a triple store.


Phil Archer
W3C eGovernment

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