dcat:contactPoint of Type vcard:Kind ?

22/07/2016

The description of dcat:contactPoint reads as:

 

This property contains contact information that can be used for sending comments about the Dataset.

 

However, when performing a lookup of vcard:Kind,

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6350#page-25

it is an enumeration of values like "individual", "group", "location".

 

I think the original meaning of dcat:contactPoint is not to store the type of contact point but the actual contact point itself. Maybe type foaf:Agent would be more appropriate?

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Mon, 25/07/2016 - 09:18

The DCAT-AP specification does not refer to RFC6350 (2001) but to the W3C interest group note VCard ontology of 2014. In the ontology, v:Kind is the superclass of the classes v:Group, v:Individual, v:Location, v:Organization.

DCAT-AP is fully in line with the base specification of DCAT, see https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-dcat/#Property:dataset_contactPoint. It would not be legal for DCAT-AP to change that aspect of the standard.

The use of foaf:Agent would not be appropriate as foaf:Agent represents the person or organisation, whereas v:Kind represents the contact information of the person or organisation. That may be a subtle difference but, from a semantic standpoint, it is an important difference.

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 08:26

That makes it clear, thank you for your reply, close!

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