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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: FOO proposal and Clerezza
Date Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:00:59 GMT

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 10:46 AM, Reto Bachmann-Gmuer <> wrote:
> ...The goal of the FOO proposal ("a modular software stack and reusable set of
> components for semantic content management") seems quite similar to the one
> of Clerezza ("an OSGi-based modular application and set of components
> (bundles) for building RESTFul Semantic Web applications and services.")...

I agree about the goal as described in the proposal - maybe we need to
make it clearer there, as in reality I think the projects are further
apart than that.

My understanding is that Clerezza aims to be an out-of-the-box
solution to build websites and web applications based on semantic
storage of content. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

The goals of FOO are broader IMO, and less "industrial" in many ways.

While some components of FOO might be assembled to do the above, the
main use of those components, is to provide *other* CMS platforms with
semantic components, which might be more more experimental than the
Clerezza production-ready stuff.

So, although there's a sizable interesection between the FOO and
Clerezza components, I think the end goal is quite different,
sufficiently so to warrant two distinct projects.

>... Since several people are involved in both project, I'm curios on how the two
> projects goals or approaches differ, FOO is for Semantic Content Management,
> Clerezza for Semantic Web Application. Is there really a difference (taking
> into account how Celrezza isn't just focuses on the web presentation layers
> but on the whole stack and that FOO is based on OSGi too)?...

IMO the best is to view Clerezza and FOO as sister projects, with lots
of exchanges between their communities and a sizable chunk of common
software components, but different end goals and audiences. This will
enable both projects to follow their own goals while finding

Maybe this needs to be better spelled out in the proposal and project
charter, I'm open to suggestions on that.


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