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Linked Data Platform: use cases and requirements draft published

Semantic Web

To foster the development of the Linked Data Platformspecification, this document includes a set of user stories, use cases, scenarios and requirements that motivate a simple read-write Linked Data architecture

The starting point for the development of these use cases is a collection of user stories that provide realistic examples describing how people may use read-write Linked Data. The use cases themselves are captured in a narrative style that describes a behavior, or set of behaviors based on, and using scenarios from, these user stories. The aim throughout has been to avoid details of protocol (specifically the HTTP protocol), and use of any specific vocabulary that might be introduced by the LDP specification.

  • W3C Public Newsletter, 2013-11-04 >>


Internet Challenges: A taxonomy for tackling the hard...

... political, technical, operational and social problems facing the Internet

In scoping the hard problems facing the Internet today, it was thought to be useful to distinguish several classes in order to evaluate possible approaches to address them.

There is imbalance of know-how in the world, and while the Internet community has had a rich history of inclusiveness, the Internet world is expanding exponentially, and personal touch doesn't always reach far enough. In this case, the people with questions need to be connected with the know-how, resources, and direction to address the issue.

  • The Internet Society (ISOC)>>


The Internet and OpenStand: The Internet Didn't Happen by Accident

The way standards are developed varies from one organization to the next, but OpenStand represents a shared commitment to producing standards through open processes and consensus-based decision making, with transparency and balance.


[...] the Internet grows from the inside out and from the bottom up, constantly responding to innovative changes. Technology and its use evolve at a rapid pace; standards must be able to develop accordingly in a flexible and scalable way.

  • Blog by Leslie Daigle on CircleID>>


Efficient XML Interchange (EXI)

Call for Review: Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Format 1.0 (Second Edition) Proposed Edited Recommendation Published

The Efficient XML Interchange Working Group has published a Proposed Edited Recommendation of "Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Format 1.0 (Second Edition)." This document is the specification of the Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) format. EXI is a very compact representation for the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Information Set that is intended to simultaneously optimize performance and the utilization of computational resources. The EXI format uses a hybrid approach drawn from the information and formal language theories, plus practical techniques verified by measurements, for entropy encoding XML information. Using a relatively simple algorithm, which is amenable to fast and compact implementation, and a small set of datatype representations, it reliably produces efficient encodings of XML event streams. The grammar production system and format definition of EXI are presented.

Comments are welcome through 20 November. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity.

  • W3C Public Newsletter, 2013-10-28 >>


Topic Maps are something I have just discovered!

Topic Maps are something I have just discovered! Is this because I've not been listening, or, are they something thats been tried and found wanting?

How come that this question popped up on this mailing list? Well, occasionaly good questions do pop-up. A few quotes from the replies:


They've been around since the SGML days. A useful and powerful concept.

I gather from its designer/implementer that information maintenance for the entire US nuclear arsenal is managed using Topic Maps. [...] I think it is just a matter of the right technology for the right kind and scope of problem.


G. Ken Holman


I wish I had a nickel for each of the times I've been asked, "Isn't there an RDF vocabulary for Topic Maps?", as if topic mapping could be boiled down to a specific syntax.


Steve Newcomb


In my view there is nothing wrong with Topic Maps and they solve the very kind same kind of problem that linked data promises to solve, but I would advise to start learning RDF, SPARQL and OWL, if you're just beginning to embark on the journey, simply because it is much more widely used.


Lech Rzedzicki

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