Cool URIs Article – last call

We opened the last call for comments on “Cool URIs for the Semantic Web” before publishing as note.
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Published yesterday as W3C news, we have changed and finalised the document. You can read the draft in this version and send comments to until 28th March, but I would prefer to get feedback before. Together with Richard Cyganiak, I am editor of this article (and we have been working on it now for over 14 months, since ISWC 2006). The document is, in the eyes of the editors and contributors, finished. Therefore comments about typos, stilistic errors, bugs are welcome, whereas comments of the kind “but in general HTTP URIs are bad” are out of scope to be answered now.

2008-03-21: The Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group has published the Last Call Working Draft of Cool URIs for the Semantic Web. The Resource Description Framework (RDF) allows users to describe both Web documents and concepts from the real world people, organizations, topics, things in a computer-processable way. Publishing such descriptions on the Web creates the Semantic Web. URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) are very important to the Semantic Web, providing both the core of the framework itself and the link between RDF and the Web. This document presents guidelines for the effective use of URIs in the context of the Semantic Web. Comments are welcome through 28 March. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.

In general, the document will help you to understand basic ideas about URIs on the Semantic Web and how to tweak HTTP servers to serve useful URIs to identify mythical unicorns and other important things such as people or products. Some paragraphs, like the ones in the Section on distinguishing have been editor over and over again, until sounding a little weird at the end. Next week, we got a final, looking forward to having this problem solved and described nicely from now on.