[foaf-dev] foaf:interest seems not very useful, targeting URLs rather than URIs
kidehen at openlinksw.com
Wed Dec 17 00:45:55 CET 2008
On 12/16/08 6:18 PM, Damian Steer wrote:
> On 16 Dec 2008, at 22:03, Ted Thibodeau Jr wrote:
>> Brief discussion on #foaf --
>> 16:46:17 I understand the thinking.
>> 16:46:21 I suggest it's broken thinking.
>> 16:46:38 URIs rather than URLs... it's a simple alternative
> You suggest there's a difference between URIs and URLs?
>> 16:47:25 if a page lacks a declared primary topic -- I cannot
>> use it for my foaf:interest, even if it *is* about that topic
> 1) Missing != broken. 2) it doesn't need to be explicit to be useful.
> I think the story around foaf:interest goes something like this: what
> can use to identify interests? We could build an library of
> identifiers (see PSIs in the old days), but they seem to move slowly.
> On the other hand when something is of potential interest there's a
> fighting chance at least one obsessive has written a web page
> (primarily) about that interest. So use those pages, which often have
> high google visibility, to indirectly identify those interests.
> Wikipedia is ideal, of course.
> So it's by no means broken, but I'd dearly love a name for the direct
> relation between person and interest topic. topic_interest was
> supposed to do that, but it isn't recommended.
I've just changed all my foaf:interest property values from
non-document-thing URIs to Web Page URIs (or URI/URLs to be precise).
I've also created new foaf:topic_interest values using
non-document-things URIs as per:
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/topic_interest, which I can live with :-)
I don't think foaf:topic_interest should go away, especially now that
taxonomies with vocabulary cross-linkage (e.g UMBEL) are taking shape
within the Linked Data Web. I (and I assume others) would like to
explicitly identify interests using URIs via within profile oriented
data spaces (e.g. a FOAF based profile graph).
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