FOAF as a popular address format: how to augment vocabulary?

Dan Brickley danbri at w...
Fri Sep 20 15:32:45 UTC 2002

I took a mediumlength-to-brief look at your proposals, and they all seem
pretty sensible. They or something pretty close would make useful
additions to FOAF.

The formal FOAFCommunityProcess for getting stuff into the namespace is
pretty random ;-)

Floating suggestions on the list, linking them from the Wiki, and showing
instance data and apps that use them is a good start. Libby and I have
write access to the namespace's schema document, and PGP-sign it
after any changes. I think we should package up a bundle of additions and
fixes. I'm busy for the next week at least though. Can you summarise the

I'd also like to flesh out the family tree stuff; there are a few
suggestions floating around... Would be good to pull them together.


On Fri, 20 Sep 2002, Graham Klyne wrote:

> Dan,
> Noting a number of recent activities suggesting increasing popularity of
> FOAF as a means to encode and exchange personal address information, I'm
> wondering about the stability/extensibility of this vocabulary.
> For example, some time ago following a brief exchange with you I suggested
> a small number of additional terms for dealing with organizational
> affiliations and postal addresses
> (
> As a small example of the concern I'm expressing, I note that my use of
> foaf:organization might be confused with class foaf:Organization described
> at I could go put these in another namespace,
> but I do think they have a natural home in foaf. Some sample data using
> these extensions is
> at:
> (see author details at end of file). (This is linked from
> So what does it take to get some additional vocabulary incorporated into
> the common foaf namespace description? I've taken a look at the Wiki page,
> but can't see on obvious place to propose new vocabulary.
> #g
> -------------------
> Graham Klyne
> <GK at N...>

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