[foaf-dev] Proposal: deprecate pastProject and currentProject

Story Henry henry.story at bblfish.net
Sun Dec 13 14:14:18 CET 2009

I think we need a wiki on best practices for using foaf, which show how one can use it with different Ontologies.

So +1 for links from people to foaf:Projects, where a project is something that is an Event (which can last over a long period of time), has a subject matter (and homepages perhaps), and is a project by a person or group, with the aim of doing something. Projects have a beginning, and can have an end, as events do.

With deprecated email addresses we could start with a class of out of use mboxes. I don't believe mbox reuse is very wide. If it were we would need a relation from agents to mbox time spans. That is useful for example when reading mail, and wishing to tie that email to a foaf:Agent. Currently in my Apple AddressBook, if someone stops using an email I keep it with the person but change the relation from "work" to "old". So then when I search old emails I can still see the pictures pop up in Mail.app.

On 13 Dec 2009, at 01:56, KANZAKI Masahide wrote:

> Hi!
> I use both pastProject and currentProject in my FOAF, and will miss
> them if deprecated.
>> I'm concerned also at the inclusion of time in the description of the
>> property name, which is different to the 'present tense' form of the
>> rest of the properties.
> Well, that's a naming lesson. Though many 'present tense' properties,
> e.g. homepage or mbox, are not suitable to describe old ones, but
> that's an inherent problem of RDF itself...
>> Any thoughts? I'm wondering why they are not used much. Are they not
>> useful?
> Maybe people do not come up with the idea to use 'project' in their
> profile, because there is no corresponding field in SNS ?
> cheers,
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