[Distutils] Maintaining a curated set of Python packages

Wes Turner wes.turner at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 10:38:39 EST 2016

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 16 December 2016 at 00:57, Wes Turner <wes.turner at gmail.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > This would be a graph. JSONLD?
> > #PEP426JSONLD:
> > - https://www.google.com/search?q=pep426jsonld
> > - https://github.com/pypa/interoperability-peps/issues/31
> >
> > With JSONLD, we could merge SoftwarePackage metadata with
> > SoftwarePackageCollection metadata (just throwing some types out there).
> Wes, JSON-LD is a metasystem used for descriptive analytics across
> mixed datasets, which *isn't a problem we have*. We have full
> authority over the data formats we care about, and the user needs that
> matter to distutils-sig are:
> - publishers of Python packages
> - consumers of Python packages
> - maintainers of the toolchain
> It would *absolutely* make sense for Semantic Web folks to get
> involved in the libraries.io project (either directly, or by building
> a separate service backed by the libraries.io data set) and seek to
> produce a global set of semantically linked data that spans not only
> dependencies within language ecosystems, but also dependencies between
> them. It *doesn't* make sense for every single language ecosystem to
> come up with its own unique spin on how to incorporate software
> packages into semantic web models, nor does it make sense to try to
> warp the Python packaging user experience to better meet the needs of
> taxonomists of knowledge.
> This answer hasn't changed the last dozen times you've brought up
> JSON-LD. It isn't *going* to change. So please stop bringing it up.

No, the problem is the same; and solving it (joining user-specific package
metadata with central repository metadata on a common URI) with web
standards is the best approach.

> Regards,
> Nick.
> --
> Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com <javascript:;>   |   Brisbane,
> Australia
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