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Re: rdf.stackexchange.com -- Identity problems numbers 3 and 5 - was Re: Toward easier RDF: a proposal

From: thomas lörtsch <tl@rat.io>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:04:16 +0100
Cc: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>, Hugh Glaser <hugh@glasers.org>, David Booth <david@dbooth.org>, semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-Id: <10B2589A-4760-4949-AA9F-519C2B79242B@rat.io>
To: Antoine Zimmermann <antoine.zimmermann@emse.fr>

> On 10. Dec 2018, at 16:30, Antoine Zimmermann <antoine.zimmermann@emse.fr> wrote:
> But you cannot use Stack Overflow for all legitimate semantic web questions. You cannot use Open Data SE for all semantic web questions.
> Consider for example the question "What are the success stories of the Semantic Web/Linked Data?" asked on 22nd August 2010 on Semantic Overflow. I'd say it is a legitimate semantic web question, but according to Stack Overflow's policy, it would probably get closed there. And it does not relate to open data, so it should be closed too on Open Data SE.
> I extracted a few questions from the late answers.semanticweb.com, that most likely would not last on SO if they were asked there:
> https://www.emse.fr/~zimmermann/QA/q.html
> https://www.emse.fr/~zimmermann/QA/q2.html
> https://www.emse.fr/~zimmermann/QA/q3.html
> I would like to see a place where those questions can be asked and answered and stay.

Definitely very useful questions and answers. I wonder why you are so convinced that they won’t last on stachexchange. Clearly the semantics are an integral part of the Semantic Web and naturally there arise questions. For comparison I queried stackoverflow for "observer design pattern" and got about 500 results. I think this is a comparable kind of question.

I agree that the other question you cite - "What are the success stories of the Semantic Web/Linked Data?" - is not a good fit to stachexchange. Personally I wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have a Semantic Web related Q&A sub site on stachexchange just because such questions weren’t appropriate. Generally I’m not a fan of Quora but handling such questions there or anywhere else than stachexchange would be good enough for me.

Regarding Area 51 I’m having some trouble right now: I got 51 reputation points but I’m still not allowed to post questions or comments. Maybe some caching or DB update issues... Anyway, what I wanted to say is: I’d rather stay with the "Semantic Web" moniker as it is an established name and encompasses quite well what we discuss on this list. Granted, "Web Data" is not that bad a choice either and if "Semantic Web" really has to go, "Web Data" is okay with me. But I don’t think dropping the established name will solve any problems or make anything easier.

From the description Henry wrote - 

	"Proposed Q&A site for people wanting to read, write and query data linked on the Web, find or develop ontologies, write apps that use technology built on the specs developed at the World Wide Web Consortium (including XML, JSON, JSON-LD, RDF, SPARQL, LDP, OWL, RIF,…)"

- I would cut XML and JSON, but add Turtle and reword to "built on the specs developed by the Semantic Web initiative of the W3C".

Regarding Henrys question "Should Web Data be enlarged to cover all W3C and perhaps even IETF standards?" [0] I’d say: no, it shouldn’t. That’s way too much stuff. Semantic Web (or Data Web) is broad enough. Of course any topic or standards it touches, be it by IETF or anyone else, is a legitimate topic.


[0] https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28395

> --AZ
> Le 07/12/2018 à 16:18, Henry Story a écrit :
>>> On 7 Dec 2018, at 15:08, Hugh Glaser <hugh@glasers.org <mailto:hugh@glasers.org>> wrote:
>>> I know this was not the intention of the discussion participants, but that is certainly a reasonable view to take away.
>>> Maybe this is the wrong forum - is there somewhere else where I would get help?
>> Perhaps the trick for more pragmatic answers would be to open
>>    {rdf/semweb}.stackexchange.com <http://stackexchange.com>
>> StackExchange is helpful because it forces people to ask a question clearly,
>> and then once the answers are given and voted on, one does not need to
>> answer them again.
>> https://stackexchange.com/sites#
>> A discussion forum such as this one tends to always reopen issues because it is more
>> difficult to link to previous answers and there may just be too many of them.
>> Henry
>> I have found math.stackexchange.com <http://math.stackexchange.com> very useful, and actually posted a semweb
>> question on cstheory.stackexchange.com <http://cstheory.stackexchange.com>
>> https://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/41578/what-does-the-category-of-rdf-models-look-like-in-institution-theory/41613
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