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Scope: data vs. metadata vs ontologies

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2014 16:28:54 +0100
Message-ID: <5319E5B6.4050506@few.vu.nl>
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Hi,

If there's a case proposed for it, the quality of the vocabularies (ontologies, thesauri, etc) may be on the menu, why not.

But please don't use the bare word 'meta-data' for it! This word has a different meaning in wider communities, where it roughly mean what you'd call basic data, describing something (that is, pretty much any RDF data) [1]. We shouldn't introduce more confusion. Talking about vocabularies will already bring us enough headaches!

Best,
Antoine

[1] I guess you mean 'structural metadata' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata . But more people actually use the unqualified 'metadata' for 'descriptive metadata'.
This includes the currently most wide-stream understanding of the term:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/interactive/2013/jun/12/what-is-metadata-nsa-surveillance
It also includes some of the people who actually like metadata and dare wearing this:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/charlizeart/works/1280530-metadata
;-)

On 3/7/14 3:47 PM, Giancarlo Guizzardi wrote:> Dear all,
>
> I would like to raise a point of discussion that
> will certainly impact the kind of contributions we
> can make to the use cases catalog but also to
> the final deliverables.
>
> Up to now, we have focused our discussion on data in the more traditional sense of the word.
> This is of course understandable. However, as well all know, data per se is devoid of
> meaning and one of the most fundamental aspects of data quality is data semantics.
> So, since the meta-data is also data (and I am using the word meta-data
> in a general sense to include vocabularies, ontologies, etc...),
> my question to the group is: Is the group also interested in the quality of meta-data?
> If so,  this can most certainly have an impact on the concepts
> to be contemplated in the data quality vocabulary.
>
> best regards,
> Giancarlo
>
>
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