(as already announced on the FOAF mailing list, therefore, sorry for
here are some news re. the info service proposal of agenda point no. 2:
I created a separate Info Service Ontology [1,2] with a basic
is:InfoService concept and some additional ones for describing such an
info service (is:InfoServiceQuality, is:InfoServiceType). The main hook
re. specific websites from an info service is is:info_service, which
associates an is:InfoService instance to a foaf:Document instance (a
Furthermore, I defined some is:InfoService individuals, especially
is:musicbrainz  as proof-of-concept example. Therefore, I used also
some category definitions from DBpedia.
Please feel to add comments, critics and suggestions re. which
properties might useful for describing an info service.
Planned extensions are:
- enabling multiple info service quality ratings, e.g. by using 
- defining a is:recommendation property
PS: more examples are in progress ;)
am i reading correctly that Discogs has more links out to Geocities
than it does to twitter or facebook. if so, hehe.
and then only 9 links to bandcamp?
thnx for the list Mats!
Firstly, thanks a lot for that long list of 'Music Info Services' linked
in Discogs, Mats. However, so far I've seen, there are also many
personal websites, blogs etc. in this list, which may do not address the
requirements for an info service. Although, also these websites could
get an info service rating, but this should be something for future
developments in my mind.
For the beginning , I think it is important to concentrate on these
(music) info services, which serve very much and versatile information.
Hence, I would exclude personal websites, blogs and even label websites
from an info service rating, because it will be very difficult to create
a separate ratings for each of those website. It will be even difficult
to create at least meaningful ratings for the big info services.
However, feel free to add such ratings in a separate sub ontology of the
Info Service Ontology (info service ratings/ descriptions are 'only'
is:InfoService instances). I guess, for the beginning a general rating
re. personal websites, blogs etc. will do it. Maybe one for each website
Re. bandcamp links on Discogs:
My experience is that digital releases are bit under-represented at
Discogs. This service concentrates on physical releases, especially
vinyl releases, which are often in the broad range of electronic music
(note: such information could also be added to an info service rating/
On the other side, bandcamp concentrates on digital release, as far as
I've observed this service. Although, offering physical releases is also
possible with bandcamp.
good point. i suppose this is why we need your ontology ;)
just thought it was funny that there are more links to the extinct
Geocities than to the very vibrant and overly-hyped facebook/twitter
and myspace is the clear leader here. i had the impression all the
"hip" bands were ditching myspace for things like bandcamp (which is
really much better). but i'm just a crotchety old man who can't keep
up with what the kids are doing these days ;-)
Here are some news re.the Info Service Ontology:
It has now an own repository  + mailing list . Feel free to join
the developing process or leave comments/suggestions/critics. You are