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Re: New W3C Web Site Launched

From: Michael Hausenblas <michael.hausenblas@deri.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:50:09 +0100
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, <site-comments@w3.org>
CC: <chairs@w3.org>, W3C Members <w3c-ac-members@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C6FB4141.9343%michael.hausenblas@deri.org>


Indeed, very nice job re design and usability. However, I think we should
also take into account what our 'customers' think [1], [2]:

"so, are #semanticweb standards too complicated when even the new #w3c site
doesn't use them? #stopsnakeoil"

"@iand apparently all of them: No (obvious) RDF export, no SPARQL API. Just
some (broken!) hCalendar items."

This is indeed a poor message we send out - why don't we eat our own
dogfood? We have a couple of nice standards (RDFa, GRDDL, etc.) in this area
and should well be able to demonstrate that we are able to use them, IMHO.

Sorry for spoiling the party, but given the broad uptake of semantic
technologies in the governmental area (US, UK), the eCommerce domain
(GoodRelations), linked data stuff and Google and Yahoo! processing
structured data, I can't seriously explain to my colleagues or other W3C
customers why we don't have structured data (preferably in RDF) available at
the new W3C site.

Thoughts, anyone?


[1] http://twitter.com/bengee/status/4856670048
[2] http://twitter.com/bengee/status/4856830531

Dr. Michael Hausenblas
LiDRC - Linked Data Research Centre
DERI - Digital Enterprise Research Institute
NUIG - National University of Ireland, Galway
Ireland, Europe
Tel. +353 91 495730

> From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
> Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:07:47 -0500
> To: W3C Members <w3c-ac-members@w3.org>
> Cc: <chairs@w3.org>
> Subject: New W3C Web Site Launched
> Resent-From: <chairs@w3.org>
> Resent-Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:07:53 +0000
> Dear Advisory Committee Representatives and Chairs,
> Today W3C launched its new Web site:
>   http://www.w3.org/
> We also launched the new Member site:
>   http://www.w3.org/Member/
> I hope that you will find the new sites more usable. You will notice
> that some pages are missing content; we plan to continue to add
> content over time and invite your contributions (especially from
> Working Groups).
> I expect that over the next few days we will be fixing bugs in style
> sheets, and so forth. Feel free to send comments to site-
> comments@w3.org.
> Thank you,
> Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications
> --
> Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
> Tel:                                      +1 718 260 9447
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