Spookville Help Desk

XML Databases
A Service of The Spookville Community Directory

Note on these lists

These XML Files are intended to be a framework to give geo-political context to white lists of dct:bibliographicCitation. They have no content themselves, they have a number of carefully arranged and named voids where locally applicable lists of links may be inserted. The Spookville Community believes that the "Open World" Assumption should not be the "Open World" Cloud Chase, which is frequently what happens to data sets without a small amount of pre-pending. Many Governments are stable Organizations, and much Local Government is composed of stable Organizations.

It is fine to plan a mental vacation in Mildendo, Lilliput. Paying for the flights is something else - as it turns out - the same something that prevents the Lilliputian Weather Service from reporting. There is no such place as Mildendo. Lilliput does have an ISO 3166 Code, "IO", probably is in the same Time Zone as Diego Garcia, has over 100,000 references on Search Engines, and may be a hub for outsourcing of Corporate Help Desks (Shangri-la and Ehrewon are the wave of the future). To be fair, there is no such place as Spookville either, and do not let anyone from Mildendo tell you otherwise.

The framework has three levels, cleverly called admin1, admin2, and admin3. They have no namespace (undeclared default) because they are never used as elements outside of XSLT. The framework can be seen as SKOS (Collection, Concept, Enumeration) or as DBpedia (Sphere of Influence, Local Government, *) or DCMI (isPartOf, isPartOf, isPartOf). The term "Federalize" is used to describe the assignment (with name and geo data) of a Local Seat of Government, the governance metadata of the admin3 set by the admin2 point Capital.

The use of Vocabulary Encoding Schemes is discouraged. The reason is simple: Symbols for Symbols promote confusion, but more than that, the codes were invented as a material handling necessity. Consider finding a gum wrapper on the door step of the local Library. You could throw it out, or you could ask a Librarian if it belongs in the Library (then throw it out). Web Resources cannot be thrown out (exhausted), but they can not be allowed in. The principle is Housekeeping, not Control.

Spookville XML Databases have something like an HTTP HEAD. It is strictly a ceremonial position. It is the root node (always dct:coverage) and the complete first record. Applications based upon the Spookville Federalization Style (for example a feed catalog) require a complete set of <admin3> nodes for any equivalent <admin2> node.

Example 1 XML (dct:coverage/[1])

Example 2 JSON (dct:coverage/[1]) (props to the Spookville Whatever Floats Yor Boat Department)


  1. My World (Collection)
  2. My *Federal* World (Collection)