foaf:knows foaf:knowsWell foaf:friend ... : time to choose!

Dan Brickley daniel.brickley at b...
Mon Mar 12 18:41:38 UTC 2001

(renamed thread to focus on one small obstacle to 1.0 rollout)

Thanks Edd, though i do (sometimes!) quite like being reminded that
others find this project intersting enough to complain that i've not
finished it. RDFWeb remains an evenings and weekends sideproject right
now :( Anyhow the problems not with the XML/RDF serialisation so much as
with the figuring out quite how to structure the base vocab. The current
deployed vocab can be discovered fairly easily by reverse
engineering: just look at the types and relations in the RDF dumps
linked from or spider them independently. The core of the
problem is as follows:

we have foaf:knows foaf:knowsWell foaf:friend all jumbled up. 'friend'
was the original, but I took it out and put knows/knowsWell instead, but
never gave them a good definition. 

I want this to be easily adopted, and make intuitive sense to people,
and not make them delay their rdf self-description by forcing them to
classify everyone they know as 'knows well' or (merely)'knows'.

current thinking: flatten the core 'knows' down to a single loose
relation 'foaf:knows'; no 'friend' or 'knows well' stuff. Instead, we
let them tell the Web their story via other factoids (event logs,
co-authorship, working for the same organisation, appearing
in same holiday pictures... whatever). But keep the core of FOAF to

how does that sound?


On Mon, 12 Mar 2001, Edd Dumbill wrote:

> Not to be too pointed, but danbri is a man with little time, and many
> folk to please. Perhaps if you did a first pass yourself at an XML/RDF
> schema it might help him and us.
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2001 at 10:15:56AM -0800, Seth Russell wrote:
> > Well the best I can find is
> > ... but I can't read it .. i need a XML/RDF or a N3 or a Semenglish
> > rendering of that ... so I can read it into the SWAG Dictionary
> >
> > 
> > Seth
> > 
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: Dan Brickley To:
> > rdfweb-dev at Sent: Monday, March 12, 2001 10:10 AM
> > Subject: Re: [rdfweb-dev] IRC channel
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > there's a half baked on at the namespace URI,
> >
> > 
> > and other stuff on the site.
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