[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (Phone)

Michael Patrick geodesy99 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 19:11:58 UTC 2019


>  There are too many on both sides who insist that their way is the one
true way.

Actually, there is something pretty close to 'one TRUE way'. There are some
things in the Dataverse that are used by everybody, and everybody uses
everybody else's stuff. And when the Internet arrived they set up common
meanings for the very most common concepts. Like phone numbers.

Schema.org <https://schema.org/> is a collaborative, community activity
with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data
on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond.... Founded by
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yandex, Schema.org vocabularies are developed
by an open community <https://www.w3.org/community/schemaorg> process,
using the public-schemaorg at w3.org
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-schemaorg> mailing list and
through GitHub <http://github.com/schemaorg/schemaorg>.

See click the ' JSON-LD ' tab on Example 2 at
https://schema.org/ContactPoint#HearingImpairedSupported-gen-208 ( on
https://schema.org/ContactPoint ) which shows how phone numbers play out
for even small businesses in the world.

Yea, yeah, it's complicated, or at least the specification is, but rarely
are doers and users exposed to the full complexity, just the simple subset
of what is needed for a particular use case. Something like a phone number
looks like a discrete 'thing', but it's not. It's a relationship between
other things.

'... many on both sides who insist that their way is the one true way' is
essentially a manifestation of of the 'Blind men and an elephant' (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant#The_parable )
situation. While all the blind men will never agree, if the blind men with
the ear, the trunk, and the tusk ask questions of someone that can see the
whole elephant, they can come up with a functional meaning that covers the
at least the head. There's probably no 'tagging' situation in OSM that
wasn't solved by the resolution of *Electronic data interchange* (*EDI*)
issues in the period between 1970 to 1998.

Michael Patrick
Data Ferret
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