[foaf-dev] Re: What about FOAF?

Uldis Bojars captsolo at gmail.com
Sun May 20 14:48:01 BST 2007

Hi John,

It may be misleading to look at the FOAF namespace "version number"
(0.1) as an indication of FOAF not being developed though. Look at the
FOAF vocabulary specification [1] and you will see that it is at the
revision 1.122, last changed on 2007-01-14.

Like you said there are things that may indicate that FOAF development
is staled, e.g., "0.1" in the FOAF namespace, a quite static state of
http://foaf-project.org or the "unstable" / "testing" state of FOAF
terms, but the real indication of the popularity of a vocabulary is
how frequently is it and its terms used.

Developers from FOAF-Dev should be able to tell more, as well as tell
how you can help.

[1] http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/


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On 5/20/07, Uldis Bojars <captsolo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sending a copy to FOAF-Dev list as well. Feel free to CC discussions
> to SIOC-Dev - as you mentioned before SIOC and FOAF work together and
> we are interested to learn about any new developments in this area.
> On 5/20/07, John Hoogstrate <johnhoogstrate at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everybody,
> >
> > At the moment SIOC is maturing very fast, which is good.
> >
> > SIOC uses FOAF (friend of a friend) to describe persons on the
> > internet. Unfortunately the FOAF-specification seems to have been
> > stuck in version 0.1 http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/ with many terms
> > categorized as 'unstable'. The mailinglist has no activity, about a
> > month ago I sent some suggestions for FOAF, but received no reply.
> >
> > At this moment I am unable to tell if there is anybody working on
> > FOAF, but looking at the state of the website http://www.foaf-project.org/
> > it seems that FOAF is dead.
> >
> > With more and more implementations of SIOC currently being developed
> > many of them will also include an implementation of FOAF of which the
> > specification is far from finished and has quite a number of
> > problems.
> >
> > I think it would be good if some people started working on a new
> > revision of the FOAF-specification. I would like to help with that,
> > but I don't really know where to start.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > John Hoogstrate
> >
> >
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