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Call for Participation in Performing Arts Information Representation Community Group

The Performing Arts Information Representation Community Group has been launched:

Performing Arts Information Representation (PAIR) is a community group dedicated to advancing the use of shared conceptual models for better data interoperability in the performing arts domain. This domain stands to gain tremendous benefit from using Semantic Web technologies as it relies on the interoperability of information across many fields such as event publishing and discovery, digital archiving, and research (to name a few).

The group’s mission is to support the development and use of semantic vocabularies and common representational frameworks to ensure the meaningful sharing and aggregation of information related to the performing arts.

This Community Group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences, scenarios and requirements while bringing together key stakeholders. The group will act as an advocate for representational standardization in the performing arts sector.

PAIR will strive to develop mutually beneficial collaborations with groups and organizations that are actively working on relevant standards and/or implementations. In particular, the group will work to develop extensions to existing representational standards such as and Wikidata so that Performing Arts information can be better understood by search engines and other web applications.

While designing, maintaining and revising vocabularies and foundational specifications for the performing arts, the group will make efforts to involve the performing arts community at large through solicitation of requests, comments and suggestions from non PAIR members. This may take the form of symposiums, workshops, events or community curated open resources.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2020-09-02 by Mariel Marshall. The following people supported its creation: Mariel Marshall, Birk Weiberg, Beat Estermann, Orion Buske, Gregory Saumier-Finch. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

The group must now choose a chair. Read more about how to get started in a new group and good practice for running a group.

We invite you to share news of this new group in social media and other channels.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please email us at

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

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