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From Sergio Fernández <>
Subject Re: CommonsRDF petering out
Date Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:20:59 GMT

On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 11:09 PM, John D. Ament <>

> This is my opinion right now.  I think one of the struggles with this
> podling is that they're their own consumers.  It's going to be hard for
> them to grow beyond themselves because the consumers are the producers
> right now.  They're simply providing a default implementation of a spec,
> which may only be consumed by a few parties.

Well, the RDF community is rather small, we knew that when we started this
trip. But, although small, there were historical incompatibilities we
thought we could solve with Commons RDF. Others may have different
opinions, but this was not about solving yet-another-time the RDF in Java,
but bringing together some core concepts in a usable way. Maybe this is
easier to understand with a concrete example I personally have: Marmotta is
based on Sesame, and you don' t know how many times that situation blocked
me to integrate a Jena-based tool; but the same applies to other projects
in the RDF world (Stanbol, Any23, Rya, etc.).

Being said that, we got some people of board with the idea that they will
benefit the community. Unfortunately that didn't work and, instead of
just releasing that ballast, the storm had consequences where we lost one
of the main pillars of this projects. I could put names, but we all know
who is who.

FMPOV it could be fine to let the podling sleeping for a while. After all
we've put together a core API we wanted others to try, provide feedback and
see if it's feasible its implementation in the target projects:

So our mentors are right. We're in a situation where the project has no
momentum at all, and honestly I have no idea what's best to do...

Sergio Fernández
Partner Technology Manager
Redlink GmbH
m: +43 6602747925

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