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Pragmatic Authoring Tools for RDF Stores

From: Steven Harms <sgharms@stevengharms.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:36:30 -0400
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*Note: Vocabulary choice might be off below. Read with maximal flexibility*

After reading up on RDF, vocabulary authoring, and getting to know a number
of vocabularies, I want to populate a collection. However, when I make my
first steps in this regard I find myself both hindered and confused by lack
of tooling.

*Interface: *As an example, I'd expect to be able to find a tool that lets
one import vocabularies to the tool as the available options with authoring
statements. Given the "triple," I'd expect to select a subject, predicate,
object as chosen from those data provided by the cached vocabularies.

When I look for such a thing (https://www.w3.org/wiki/AuthoringToolsForRDF),
the tools are mostly > 10 years old with few updates and no *de facto*
In general, most searches to find an authoring platform point to dead links
or bit-rotted pages. Ultimately, this leads me to ask whether my
understanding is correct.


1. Is authoring like I described above desirable, expected? Is it hoped
that individuals would think "Hm, instead of a bulleted list in a Google
Doc, I'll add these notes using (sought RDF tool)." Or is the expectation
that some other storage / interface / solution that emits RDF will be the
primary interface?

2. Assuming individual authorship *is* a desired thing, is the "Interface"
I described above a reasonable sketch of the user experience?

3. Assuming individual authorship as desirable and the UX as appropriate,
why doesn't that (seem to?) exist?

While I doubt that RDF Collections will be used for casual shopping-lists
etc., there are a number of places where they ought be useful in both home
and business (e.g. `home:photoAlbum2009A schema:about
lifeEvents:tripToLondon`) and being able to author them in a pleasant UI
that enriches a collection in a virtuous cycle seems to be the future this
group is striving toward.

Clarifications will be greatly appreciated,


Steven G. Harms
Received on Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:37:04 UTC

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