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From Tammo van Lessen <tvanles...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Streamlining new committers info
Date Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:44:14 GMT
Hi,

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM, Gavin McDonald <gavin@16degrees.com.au>wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Igor Galić [mailto:i.galic@brainsware.org]
> > Sent: Thursday, 8 November 2012 3:32 PM
> > To: dev@community.apache.org
> > Cc: ASF Site-Dev
> > Subject: Re: Streamlining new committers info
> >
> >
> > Another idea that just came up in a BoF was to create more useful info on
> > the *main* page about what the projects do and how to get the one you
> > need: i.e.: I'm looking for a Database - it should be a Key-Value store,
> in Java.
> > And you're down to 2 projects: DB, Cassandra
>
> Sounds like what's on projects.apache.org [1] already.
>
> Gav...
>
> [1] - http://projects.apache.org/indexes/category.html
>
>
I like the idea to improve this aspect on the main page as well as I also
have difficulties to understand which projects does what and how it
compares to others (especially in the hadoop incubator ecosystem). I think
DOAP (and semwebtech) is well suited to do this job, but what is IMHO
missing right now is a taxonomy of categories. Currently, categories are
flat and used as tags. By using something like SKOS, we could define a
tree-like vocabulary of our projects' categories, e.g. a "Key-Value store"
is a narrower term for "Database". See [1] to get an idea of such a
taxonomy. If the doap files would then reference the most narrow category,
Igors example could be answered easily datawise. UI-wise, the data could be
materialized and then visualized, either graphically or with something like
Exibit [2], see [3] for a demo. Just an idea, I'm happy to help if time
permits.

Best,
  Tammo

[1] http://try.iqvoc.net/en/hierarchical_concepts.html
[2] http://simile-widgets.org/exhibit3/
[3] http://databench.zepheira.com/demos/history/decide.html

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