[tdwg-tag] TAG Roadmap for 2008 - Job vacancy!

Bob Morris morris.bob at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 23:39:17 CEST 2008

There seem to be several mechanisms around to serialize RDF in  JSON, e.g.
http://n2.talis.com/wiki/RDF_JSON_Specification and

which may actually produce the same JSON

Also,  see http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-sparql-json-res/


On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 3:41 PM, Renato De Giovanni <renato at cria.org.br> wrote:
> ...
> I think it was Wouter who found some time ago a generic XSLT to convert
> any XML to JSON. I never used it and I'm not sure if I still have a copy
> somewhere. A first step towards standardizing JSON representations for our
> objects could be to play with this kind of generic stylesheet to convert
> TDWG ontolgy objects represented in RDF/XML to JSON.
> Best Regards,
> --
> Renato
>> Yes I think you are right a REST section would be good but.... What is
>> REST? In a way the TAPIR specification (especially in its lighter
>> versions) is 'just' a common REST specification. You pass it
>> parameters over HTTP and you get back data as XML. On the other hand
>> TAPIR seems more complex than just putting a REST service together.
>> Perhaps because doing anything that meets a specification rather than
>> just what comes to hand is going to be harder. Perhaps Renato may have
>> comments on this.
>> I have actually just done a REST/JSON service for BCI.
>> http://biocol.org/json
>> I am nervous because it is totally not TDWG standards compliant and
>> just a useful thing for getting data back for mashups and embedding.
>> Effectively exposing the database to client side applications.  From
>> an engineering point of view it is dead simple - a single PHP file
>> (within the Zend Framework). To write code to consume this is trivial
>> (there is an example) but it is bespoke. a major thing is that the
>> return type is JSON which I think many people think of a standard data
>> format for REST type services.
>> So it would be a good to get some clarification on what we mean by REST.
>> Does REST tend to imply a particular return type?
>> If we mean REST/JSON does anyone have an idea how we could get some
>> data typing in a JSON object so that a consuming application could
>> tell that it is a representation of a DwC object or something from the
>> TDWG ontology? Service description is also an issue. We end up re-
>> inventing TAPIR if we aren't careful.
>> I am sure it would be trivial to wrap a TAPIR provider in something
>> that converted the XML output to JSON enabling it to act as a data
>> source for client mashups.
>> As usual I'd be grateful for opinions on this. Perhaps we should talk
>> in Fremantle.
>> All the best,
>> Roger
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