[TSC-announce] Citation Elements public drafts
rsmith at fhiso.org
Thu Jun 29 17:29:16 CDT 2017
When the tsc-public mailing list was last active in May 2016, the
consensus of the technical discussion was that there was a need for a
citation element vocabulary for encoding the information about
genealogical sources that normally appears in citations, complete with
bindings to both GEDCOM and GEDCOM-X. Various issues faced the
implementation of these ideas, including:
* The difficulty of presenting structured information in a flat
dictionary of key:value pairs, which GEDCOM-X appeared to require.
* The unmaintained character of GEDCOM and its ad hoc extension
* Limited people interested in the nitty-gritty details of drafting
potential policy documents.
* Easy distractions when ideas were floated without grounding in
In the intervening year, the Technical Standing Committee began working
on hammering out these issues and creating drafts that might encourage
more focused public comment. The drafting process went on in the open
on <http://github.com/fhiso> but without extensive email conversation
outside of those working on the drafts.
We are happy to announce that several drafts have reached the point
where we would like broader comments, similar to the creator name draft
we circulated a little over a year ago.
Citation Elements: General Concepts
Presents the relationship between formatted citations and citation
elements; presents a model for layered citations; presents a solution
for replicated data in different languages or scripts; discusses
subtyping, extensions, constraints, and cardinality; describes
preservation of structure in list-flattening formats; provides all
needed information for creating serialization formats and data model
Citation Elements: Bindings for RDFa
Presents a data model binding and serialization as RDFa attributes in
HTML or XML, and thus for semantic markup of a formatted citation in
HTML. An example of a list-flattening format and proof of concept that
the concepts document is sufficient to define a data model binding.
Extended Legacy Format (ELF)
Because GEDCOM is unmaintained and has only an ad hoc extension
mechanism, we are developing ELF, a document model and file format that
is fully compatible with current uses of GEDCOM 5.5.1, but with the
addition of a structured extensibility mechanism. It will also clarify
ambiguities in GEDCOM and documenting best current practice. This suite
of standards will pave the way for binding citation elements (and,
later, other FHISO specifications) to GEDCOM.
A list of current drafts can be accessed at
<http://tech.fhiso.org/drafts/>. We welcome any and all comments on
these on the tsc-public mailing list <http://tech.fhiso.org/tsc-public>,
and as always invite anyone who would like to be more directly involved
in writing and revising documents to let the TSC know.
Richard Smith, FHISO <http://fhiso.org/>
FHISO Technical Co-Coordinator One Community, One Standard
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