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Can’t validate w3c compatibility


I’m new to W3org and hope to get some information.

I tried to validate a single page from my blog, but the validator reports just an error. I never geht this error before:

Sorry, I am unable to validate this document because on line 474 it contained one or more bytes that I cannot interpret as utf-8 (in other words, the bytes found are not valid values in the specified Character Encoding). Please check both the content of the file and the character encoding indication.

The error was: utf8 “\xF6″ does not map to Unicode

This is the URL:

Can anybody give me a short information why i’m getting this error message? I can’t find anything wrong in the code.




Ayris Beauty Machine project proposed

1 Project Name: Ayris Beauty Machine

2 Domain at:

3 At the community here, proposed, probably approved soon, please join us.

Function, to interact and for people to find their kin where google today fails, to build and design a front page for the internet, provide a search system where people can combine criteria, link this search system to a convenient frame and main image, the frame has a home page link and direct live webcam link for that topic. -lighted up when it is activated-

The criteria are listed along with a profile or content page at build, if you wish to select a number of search criteria press search and activate the criteria in the lists.


the site is currently NOT build the way it was intended

when clicking YEAR, STYLE etc, you should be displayed a long list of criteria with titles and subtitles listing CRITERIA SELECTION BUTTON, CRITERIA NAME, COUNTER FOR AMOUNT OF CRITERIA ACTIVATED, MAIN PAGE FOR CRITERIA

Simply put, you select with a “button”, the tag or criteria name “Rivers” amount of rivers “120050” Main page for rivers “LINK BUTTON”

the search page is basically a overview of all these criteria displayed in this way. With titles and subtitles of course.

Displayed the way it is now it is simply impossible to get an overview in the search section of the site.



Each page has a signature bar with seven talents, what programming skills you have, if you are a dancer, carpenter, craftsman, photoshop specialist, drawing skills, sculptor, painter, etc. PREFERABLY, Or if you are nice, sweet, naive, vain or such.

The signature bar has a logged in lights, green, online, red, offline, orange, busy, yellow, back in a second.

The signature bar has a dedication light, one bleu light, engaged artist, two bleu lights, for hire, three bleu lights, works for free, willing to talk about projects, four bleu lights, Ayris Academy of Decorative arts MEMBER

Each page has an communications bar, affiliate with the artwork, project, help craft the project, support the project, maecenae of the project etc

The communications bar has each new entry filed in the affiliates list their home page. As a user you affiliate with the content, then you will receive updates on the profile owners posts.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, this is NO BLOG, such as facebook, the criteria are ALWAYS categorized HORIZONTALLY, not VERTICALLY, this means we are working on a lasting library, the content of the site should be flexible but in the end should be saved and newer versions may be evaluated, older versions may be selected for a rerun. (The text then specifically. The Main image not so much but probably for lay out reasons it could develop)

Users and Profiles differ in two ways.

Users create accounts, but they have one profile of their own. Which should be linked.

There is the ability to browse users interests, through the profile of a user, according to the same criteria as the main site, however now as “interests” rather then “topics”

How to display that and organize that or how to display the buttons or code the functions for that is as yet unknown.


I hope with this machine it will not be so easy TO FIND, OF ALL THINGS, THIS VERY SITE, or other programmers, or engaged people, or anarchists, misanthropic, symbolists, impressionists and just about EVERYTHING i want to find and every kind of engaged persons i want to find but SERIOUSLY google is a total failure to group, organize, search ANYTHING AT ALL, AND THOSE PROBLEMS APPLY ALSO TO,… FACEBOOK.

Facebook is a secluded family web of trivialities, myspace used to allow searching the international citizens of the world, find members in China, Japan, Argentina, brazil, US, find artists, etc.

I want to restore the degeneration of the internet back to that era at least, if not, develop it even miles ahead of that point.

NO retreat, no surrender. AVANTI!



the content always exists out of a main image which is browsed and catalogued with, TITLE, OBJECT NAME, ARTIST(S)

below the content main image is the SUBLINKS

for instance five small sublink pictures featuring the profile main image

then TWO larger sublink

again five small sublinks

this for ability to “surf”

The sublinks could be provided with the profile creation. They are not interchangable through algorythms or search preferences.

Artist may have a number of works on display.

One painting may have similar paintings on display.

One art style may have various painters on display.

Each sublink of course exists out of the main image of another profile.



below the sublinks is a PROFILE COUNTER BAR AND INFO text and technical info capability.

I update with a letter to the man who is not accused yet for all the illegal content on the web, i don’t want to give anyone any ideas for sure not but if they sew pirate bay they might as well prosecute our esteemed founder?!

I may have been a little overambitious and i did n’t know there was a community here.

ADDITIONAL NOTE. After seeing the activity here I may be glad to know i might finally pull it off after 10 programmers who failed me? But the site currently IS built in Drupal segments, of which contain so many useless buttons i TRIED to get rid of with this site in the first place, it is entirely unpure, i’d like to redo it with sound codes.

The following can then turn to an open letter to Tim Berners-Lee, did n’t figure so many people were offering a net 3.1 at that time. Glad to be here!

Greetings sir,
I hope for you to give me your view on this project, as I am getting quite desperate.
I figure we will need to rebuild the internet for a number of reasons.
I can not find anything actual on google. Try to find anarchy, intelligence, anonymous, misanthropy, antimodernism, progressive, etc.
You find only games or quoted articles.
There is no life on the internet no more. Its all being pushed down underneath, for one to click an infinate amount of links on articles to find out what is actually going on. This is paralyzing the people.
This is why i have designed and had programmed a site where you yourself put criteria on the article and are able to find articles with combining criteria, not in tags but in a very strict, principled way.
Apart from that its a front page for the internet that should feature all main sites ordered by environment and activity.
I am still working on the category list to set all the criteria for searching. And the machine as it is is not built entirely according to my specifications.
Please look at
By combining the search criteria for “engraving” “mythologic depiction” “Zeus” you can find all engravings of zeus.
In this way all artistic professions are registred, and you can browse “dancer” from any year or decade.
This way would also allow activists and programmers to find eachother for the proper reason, as facebook and myspace currently don’t allow free searches anymore.
It is VITAL to search for people for activism in various countries.
I should be able to search “anarchy” and “belgium” To find all people engaged in progressive actions against government infringement of peoples rights, as i already have a lot of problems finding anyone to talk to outside of facebook family ties and other gag and prank sites.
Apart from that the machine can see to vast oppurtunities.
If the encyclopaedia grows there could be a virtual international health insurance organized and later made real.
architects can redevelop the world and reorientate suburbs into more valuable urbanisation of land.
They can simply use the dream engine and file new designs.
When people for every nation can start voting on this site they could actually hijack the military and have the military police the world for the people in stead of for corporate interests.
Already, if you think my front page is too arbitrary, -which it certainly is even for the myth of perception i wrote is featured- i would like to develop with you a beautiful design front page for the internet, with wikipedia, youtube, artist sites, art sites,. etc, all with the description and the credit they deserve, since no one can find anything, we need to strive for like minded people to find eachother of which i am even worse off then anyone. I am a decorative sculptor and symbolist author i come right out of the nineteenth century with my artistic ideas and there is no one setting up a community anywhere for me to find my kin which i know is on the verge of suicide with all the irony and laughter going on today. On this front page we could feature all the most important clips and documentaries to be important for our time. List all the charities with some credibility, etc.
I strongly hope you could recommend some contacts, programmers, artists for me to engage with, to think and develop an entire new search engine as indicated, or perhaps a 3D world for building the walls where they should be, i’m thinking about developing basic architecture for all continents and uploading them to a 3D world, with an academy selecting the best designs and placing the other designs in a sort of secondary, third or fourth level of a world.
My site will allow kids to draw pictures directly to the military, as the military of all nations is directly presented on the front page.
The court would consist out of all artisan craftsman, artists, people that create and build on any level.
Again if you are not attracted to the presentation we can give other names, names of which i have n’t found so much yet other then classic concepts, in order to instantly project some serieux into the project, if at all it would be a bit naive sounding also. But mind you i did write a mythology of perception, of which Ayris was born from a painting, and holds reality like a wall before your sight with her left hand. Wondering on the earth, walking on foot, for catching every eye wink anyone ever looked upon the world.
I know you tech savvy people like W3 and USB and other words like that. :p
Me personally i like a classic, mythic, or allegorical or perceptual construct of words, base words into simple visual relations.
The design of a front page would immediatly aid in your current problem you lobbied at the beginning of your website, for delays and censorship on sites. Also the design as you can see will allow for the internet to gain a feel, a display, a plating on top of the void background. I am thinking of chrome design machines and art deco and art nouveau machines, which offer an entirely new way of displaying and depicting images and sites. of course a lot of photoshop is involved but i am sure all those deviant art legions and computer game developers will in some time join in for developing an entirely new graphic internet.
This project i consider is a worthy revolution, thats why i beg you to lend me some contacts, direct me to engaged forums or send me where ever people are gathering to get into things like this. I need to develop my project.
The site would include a community.
each user would have a signature bar. with their seven main talents, code skills, artistic skills, emotional skills, their age, country of origin and name, including some pictures, it works like an advertisement. Each page would have a Communication bar, where you can affiliate, help craft, support, etc.
When clicking these you are shown a list of users in support, so everyone is always fully visable and kindred initiatives are always readily found on the net.
Right now you could find anonymous, but you can hardly find the thousands of other initiatives, you can hardly find the thousands of users supporting it; And to organize, find like minded people etc.
In creating the internet you caused a lot of revolt, but you also now sunk to the bottom all these artists who have no longer a voice in todays world. With this machine we can file them all and float them to the top. And to allow a lot of new initiative not possible in the irony and gaming going on today. We could also restore the regression from the international citizenship of Myspace degraded into the closed confined and very trivializing facebook environment!!
Go to Deviantart for instance, how will you find modern impressionists? Modern Architects? Fantastic landscapes for that matter? It does n’t appear to me like the grand architectural theories and new urban design ideas will come from just Pokemon drawings, i mean there might be a few but. Surely we can see this needs to be expanded and made more accurate.
I thank you in advance for any response.
Aeylyea E De Ellendeh
frederick De Mill
Frederik Vermeulen.
Antwerp, Belgium
So i would like you to help me or help me find contacts or forums of engaged people to…
Aid me in coding a profile bottom bar, a bottom design for various functions in finding Home Page of that topic on the “regular” internet, a webcam live button, so we can feature for instance all waterfalls in norway as live webcams, or feature for that matter, the cutting of the rainforests and the palm plantations, etc, -which will dramatically change our view on the planet in just a series of twelve or so features, waterfalls, forests, etc. This will be a live webcam show with all kinds of activists bearing unknown destruction around the planet by means of installing webcams. (I hope greenpeace will join in on that project.)
I need help in allowing people to reserve their own server space.
I need us to work on the users integration into the encyclopaedia, possibly setting up a second search base. So for instance “impressionism” is also possible to search users practicing impressionism now, in order to open up all the secret idealists currently underneath it all.
I need a team for this.
But currently after working with about ten programmers i ended up alone again. I was always alone on this, they never were engaged for it. I need engaged people and now hope for your understanding of what i am trying to do.
Don’t think I am not extremely proud to be capable to introduce you this innovation of design and revolt.
I’m sorry i fail to understand programming lanuage, as i said in my initial proposal of this site, i am a decorative sculptor and writer of a mythology of perception and art. I think visually and have severe discalculy, i can not remember things, i always forget what i just thought and think new thoughts and repeat my old thoughts in newer refelections and compositions, the idea i will be powerless without programmers is my greatest frustration.
Again, thanks in advance for any response
Frederick Demill.
a front page for the internet
would look somewhat like this…
Internet Front Page
(propose additions)graphic design topMAIN FEATURES
Encyclopaedia (fold out to other encyclopaedia)
Wikipedia -a fractal logo
Mythology encyclopaedia, etc
youtube -Anarcha TV etc
Myspace (OLD) TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE (sign the petition)
Myspace (New)
Netlog -European Communities Initiative
Vampirefreaks Vempire Domain

Encyclopaedia Flora, Fauna
Internet Movie Database
Pop Encyclopaedia (if provided)
Encyclopaedia Metallum (pretty solid in that area)


twelve featured in one row (for instance)



Where each selection could fold out to a next line of additional links

for instance youtube =>

would go to a series of featured documentaries.

for instance, crapshoot, the gamble with our waste, a documentary on our waste disposal a problem which is known to few people, STATE OF THE OCEANS, by Jeremy Jackson, about the diar state of the oceans which is equally unknown to people

these links are provided trough a ideology of great urgance and all the links and the notification or featuring of past or present sites would hook them permanently to the web, and so some worthwhile initiatives, like netlog and the old myspace are left intact against the triviality of facebook.

Furthermore and if anyone here enjoys this simply but nevertheless highly valuable idea (trust me) we will need for working, gathering, conference and developing a forum/microcommunity which can also be used on the site.

As my inspiration for the Ayris Machine is based on the old myspace. (For which i still hear screams to restore that site from way back and they have n’t silenced yet.)

The inspiration for the ideal and most simple forum would be vampirefreaks.

FORUM may be browsed as a search criteria

then a main image can be displayed.

We have a create; forum, private forum

underneath the main image we have the topics and also we have an apply for membership

apply refers to a box “please confirm you are human by providing a text with content, your skills your personality etc.” (people can copy paste for various forums but surely by now we can distinct spam from a real person with some unique features.)


Some smaller things like a post indication graphic etc may then be shown.

And yes I am a lover of graphic violance and visual clarity and visual core and essential composing of buttons and borders.

(this is just the beginning in lay out and there are already some six other layouts in the pipeline)

I have also been known to bend the internet, here maybe people will understand what i mean.

Hook all locations of facebook to microsoft, hack into microsoft and reveal all peoples information on a 3D revolving or unfolding panel of small plates (the files or tiles or documents on someones desktop or in their archives.) browse to the left of your screen and start to see your neighbours files show up. Start to browse forward and if you live in front of the PEntagon it shows all the files of each office. etc. (Its a joke but a very spectacular one i thought.)

implement a 3D graphic design called Hessexeth Weaver (Hessexeth is the spider which weaves the daughters of the Goddess of passion)

Of course this to SOME is a HORRIBLE idea.

To anonymous its a horrible idea.

To me i have no secrets.

You want the content of my entire computer you just ask, can’t see what you would be interested in other then what i already post online or what i mean to post online.

This idea we should all have privacy is totally alien to me.

Look at youtube? TOsh.O which i watch occasionally to my greatest amazement.

Artists have no privacy, their diaries etc are all published now. why should just about anyone a plummer or politician have privacy then? Anyone?

Additionally this program the Hessexeth Weaver which basically replaces Microsoft which is unique and i have graphics for in a first development stage uploads for instance files to the mainframe and shows an electric circuit coming from the HOME reservoir to the OUTER gate. And other such sweet special effects. Its of absolutely no use but it could sell. :D If i ever was planning to ask money for it of course. Now i would prefer some very graphic logo (which i got sketched) and a bombastic anouncement on a website and have people download it without even knowing what it is. Change their whole standard setup into that program. The USB stick links on the desktop are composed as ratskulls or shells (since a USB fits perfectly in a shell or a ratskull.) and are also called ratskulls or shells,  (since i prefer actual words over these letterwords. i could try ratportals or shellportals too)


I thank you for any response in these matters.

I consider choosing first for spiritual ambient the song by…

very idealistic. :) there is also some more serious songs by them this is a bit for da children.

Gratefully yours




Platform costs, platform restrictions no longer needed – the project “mosaic”


Finding people, selling things, finding exactly the courses I want – without internet platforms:

Knowledge exchange, finding people and groups with same interests, booking flights and beds, offering services, further education, and so on – all that without platforms, logins, costs, but straight forward and exactly the way I want it, while having all data much more under my control.


Example one:

Everybody, who wants to find other people for a knowledge exchange about a topic, can compose an internet document that contains the relevant data in the form of xml, microformat or composed in a different well-defined way (what language to use for that is to decide, see below). Let’s show the mechanism using xml. Relevant data to find compatible people are: the topic, the languages I’m able to speak, the way I’d like to communicate, maybe the place where I live:

<topic>energy autonomy of buildings</topic>
<description>I now several solutions to build buildings as energy producing units, but many questions are still open. I’d like to find out, which of them are going to be solved in the next three years and especially, which of them will not be solved as soon, so we can put more energy towards them</description>
<languages>german, french, english</languages>
<ways_of_communication>phone, email, web chat, meeting</ways_of_communication>

Finally, I place this document somewhere on the internet, where the search engines will find it.

Now we assume that the existing search services or new specialized search services indexes this document using the xml tags. So everybody can find this document be searching for a word in the topic-field, combined with a language in the language-field and a given area of places (maybe Europe – the search engine knows, which coordinates are within Europe). So other people interested in the same topic, matching my given languages and my given place can find and contact me.

Example two:

The same system works for selling beds in a hostel. You would issue an internet document for every free bed, containing all relevant information, including the exact geographical coordinates, price and a direct link allowing to book this exact bed using your own shop-system on your web site. (Here you could check if the bed really is free, in case the index of the used search engine wasn’t up-to-date.)


In fact: finding people and offering rooms in a hostel works without a platform. The same system works for offering services, further education and any thing you might imagine.

So, this could really be the internet 3.1 because of those points:

  • Nobody ever will really «see» those internet files like normally we see internet files through our browsers.

  • Those files will only be read by search engines and appear as search results in a layout, that is built by the search engine: In case of a search for knowledge exchange on top those who match all criteria, then those, that match best the topic I look for and the languages but not the way of communication and so on. Better search engines will give me a button to change the order using other criteria first. In case of a hostel bed, I would see only the beds within the given geographic field, in order of prices – including a small preview of a photo, if available, and with a button to change the order. (This is, why the idea’s name is «mosaic»: everybody issues a small piece, that is composed to a big image by a search engine.)

  • The internet is used as a database. Each database entry is one file everywhere in the internet.

  • The search engines are the query handlers to this integral, total-data database.

  • The peer to peer quality of the internet is «really realized», not controlled by platforms.


  • getting rid of restrictions and cost of platforms for user and costs for sellers

  • realizing democratic principles

  • getting maximal control of the own data

  • connecting people with similar interests or buyers and compatible sellers and vice versa and so on, independently of the fact, if a fitting platform exists or not.

To Do / Next Steps

  • defining the tag system / the language (xml or microformat or …): must be clear, determinate and extensible – contact w3 consortium

  • short feasibility study

  • coding an open source search engine specialized in indexing documents using that tag system

  • go live with a first purpose – maybe sell and buy, maybe finding people, maybe …

  • or: find out about other steps


  • What about the rating of hostels, products and so on? – Maybe, the specialized search engines can provide form for feedback and generate special files as rating entries to this all inclusive database that can be read by all search engines

  • What about rapidly changing content like free seats in a plane? – Maybe the search engines can check if the indexed files have been changed since, while composing an answer to a request.

  • There will be many more problems but also many ways to solve them.


  • This database can be a mail system, if you encrypt the content of the massage and give a kind of sign allowing the receiver to recognize the file as a mail for them.

  • Even complex social media interaction as it is performed now by Facebook®, Xing® and so on, can be realized within this total database, building a file for each message/post and using encryption, if the content is for some people only.

  • As not everybody is able to compose such internet files by hand and not everybody has a server to upload them, there will be services providing forms specialized on a type of entry (like type «knowledge exchange») including the service to upload the immediately generated file to the internet. (Maybe the specialized search engines will allow a searcher to transform a search into a file, if no matches are found: If you cannot find others, you can give others the opportunity to find you.)

November the 5th, 2014, Christof Arn
version 1.0

PS: I’d like to talk about this idea – and even more, to realize it. If this is not the appropriate place to do so, please let me know – if this is the right place, let me know what you think about this idea.

Beta Launch of new Community and Business Group site


W3C first launched the Community and Business Group site in August 2011. Today we launched a beta site to enhance the Community and Business Group experience for all.

For detailed information about the beta, including improvements to the
site and what we want to test, please see our blog post on the CG/BG beta.

We invite your comments on the beta through 31 October. Please write to, mailing list of the Community Council, which helps promote Community and Business Groups and ensure that they function smoothly.

After the beta, we plan to continue to improve Community and Business Groups, by implementing a number of anticipated changes.

We look forward to your feedback!

Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications

One Web Two Systems

There is certainly an analogy here to the advent of personal computing in mid 1980s.

What if IBM, the champion of computing, had not opened a personal computer division alongside its core mainframe business? How long would it have taken before the mainstream got to document their work using a computer? Today, how many more years will it be before ordinary people get to use the Web to mechanise their work processes?

Do forum/W3C staff members disagree with any of the following statements about mechanisation, and if so, why?

Currently online processes are restricted to website owners.

Online banking demonstrates that a web page can be set up as a control panel for services previously provided by a physical teller. Web energy, for want of a better term, automates selections. This energy is only available to owners who have redesigned their processes so that their web site developers can energise them.

A web operating system can support diverse online processes.

Another way to organise the Web is to provide a web operating system for anyone, just as pioneers did for personal computing. At its core a public web page is used as a template control panel. Individuals open it to load their own file or register a new one. At session end, the  web page variables set by the owner are automatically converted to a specially punctuated but easy to read text file which can be stored in a location of choice.

Processes can be structured to match code that automates them.

Anyone can simply use the panel to break down any process into namesets that identify what needs to be worked on. Each has a name and a set of key/value couplets that require their values defined (the work). As each nameset acquires a unique identity, new namesets can be added to an existing nameset’s “Link” couplet. The name at the top of a nameset hierarchy represents the whole process.

Web pages can be made to work as machines.

Sliding panels overcome the diversity of names and couplets. On selection,  names and values slide into focus, names unlock related sets of values, values reveal action options, options call external code modules and a sliding trail tracks past selections for fast navigation.

A web operating system can support online collaboration.

Unlike applications based on paperwork owners can collaborate by directly coupling their nameset files via complementary key/value couplets. Access to nameset files can be arranged privately, or via a new type of search if namesets to be shared publicly are embedded in websites and tagged with grouping identities.

A web operating system can link in multimedia output options.
Visualization libraries  can use nameset couplets to output bilaterally linked multimedia displays, such as animated 3D objects, to explain, instruct and monitor. For backward compatibility  traditional documents, drawings and diagrams can also be output and files and filing systems converted to private or shared namesets.

Finally, W3C, champion of the Web, should branch out of its comfort zone and develop interoperable technologies to support mechanisation as well as websites.

Web Service Extension


This is my first post here, i hope it’s in the right place.

I have to add an extension to a web service. In another way, i have to deal with the low level source code of a web service to be able to modify the binding wsdl  -> business code and to generate a service description with other tags.

Is there any framework or  library to manipulate the low level source code of a web service?


Adding database to website


My first post here so hope it is in the right place.

I have have built a basic HTML website for a friend (car dealer). I am looking to add a database to this which would hold details of cars in stock and display them on the website. I have done this in the past using Ruby on Rails at uni (I’m a student). I’m looking for help or tutorials on how to incorporate this feature into the current site.

Other option is to use the ruby site I created in the past but I have not a clue on how to host this. I have spent many hours searching but can not find a solution.

Any help will be much appreciated. Sorry if this is such a novice question as I am still learning!

thanks in advance.

W3 Operating system

The post in  (see email post below) is titled “Organisational not semantic problem?” It received more than 1000 views within a short time. I think this was due to recognition that real progress has always involved reorganisation and that people are always looking for something new.

With this in mind it seems a good time to suggest W3C introduce a more adventurous operating system division. W3C’s established work with governments and big business is not affected (cf. main frame computing remains a mainstay despite the widespread introduction of personal computing).

The suggested operating system provides a public webpage that transforms an uploaded nameset created by its owner into a web-based process with an interface like this:


The animated sliding panels remove complications and contraints of window/sheet navigation providing a machine rather than paper-like experience.

After all, that great scientist Vannevar Bush offered this advice:  “He [Man] has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion.”

For commentary on more of Bush’s recommendations relevant today please visit Memex 2000. You can also access more detailed information on namesets, models and so on from the sidebar menu.

Finally I believe that a new division would be more agile in responding to the Baroness’ dynamic themes:

– open data has huge power but needs to move from technologists to mainstream
– the uk cannot rest on its digital laurels. we must equip the private, public and not for profit sector with the skills to handle technology better
– the ODI and others need to go on a charm offensive to make the case for more and better data

Edit: see also

Open Email to Phil Archer, Data Activity Lead

I took your advice and followed the links you gave me. This led on to try and get a wider understanding of your work on the semantic web, in particular on Sir Tim Berners Lee’s visions expressed in his videos. First about “Raw data now!” that Sir Tim got his TED audience to chant in 2009. To me raw data means unadulterated plain text captured directly at source.

I find it easy to keep raw data from the markup needed to display it as unique links (a set up where both parties need only reassign their skills rather than learn new). Practitioners can readily list names of objects and their properties using words understood by their associates in a particular context (part of building, for example), meanings being inherent in storage location names (e.g. “Products” means specify; “Regulations” means comply). But I acknowledge the involvement of ordinary people must be difficult for scientists and technologists so used to working in areas where others fear to tread.

The phrase “When I get the information I can start” pretty much sums up how the general public at work sees WWW – a repository-cum-postal service. W3C needs to demonstrate what’s on WWW can be the work, like online banking, if “Web for all” is to take up its full potential. When “information” got tacked onto “technology” as “IT”, and more so when everyday and specialist semantics come under this new hybrid competency, while it has to take the lead because of the diversity of practices, technology should be careful not to run a closed shop. To illustrate this I posted a scenario on the W3C forum.

Really this forum is an embarrassment. Many of the few comments posted have nothing to do with “ideas for new work or a new Community Group or Business Group” and should have been politely redirected to Stack Overflow. There seems to be no moderator, administrator nor indeed anyone interested from W3C after the first posts in 2011 (ten years after initial publication of Sir Tim’s Dream). There is no banner on W3C main page with BBC style “World Have Your Say” or anything really to show the forum exists. It all seems so different from the publicity.

I also find the following difficult to understand:

“The overall vision of the Data Activity is that people and organizations should be able to share data as far as possible using their existing tools and working practices.”

Being British myself I recognise reluctance to rock the boat but then I remember we managed to make significant progress with the opposite attitude for the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. Also I think we were quite prominent in changing banking from tail-coated floor walker at Coutts & Co to hole-in-the-wall and that conservative taste for mahogany counter service at grocers quite quickly gave way to expansion of American-style self-service more because of a brave gamble on reversing customer sentiment than any new technology like bar coding. Re-organisation and technological advance went hand in hand.

With this in mind I posted a question on semanticweb Q&A whether the problem [lack of progress] was an organisational not semantic one. I left the idea that a truly universal semantic web can only be the product of practitioner/ technologist joint venture.

I think I can do no better than to sum up using Baroness Martha Lane Fox’s comments in her Power of Open Data blog:

I was part of a panel about finance and politics which I hope the audience enjoyed listening to as much as we enjoyed participating in.
I tried to pull out these themes :
– open data has huge power but needs to move from technologists to mainstream
– the uk cannot rest on its digital laurels. we must equip the private, public and not for profit sector with the skills to handle technology better
– the ODI and others need to go on a charm offensive to make the case for more and better data

PS see also new post above (W3 operating system)