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Re: merging and mapping

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 09:16:54 -0500 (EST)
To: "Miles, AJ (Alistair) " <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Cc: public-esw-thes@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.55.0403150901500.24260@homer.w3.org>

Clearly Leonard and I (and to some extent Alistair and I) are currently
looking from different perspectives. I don't see any point in a mapping
unless it is to allow use of two vocabularies as if they are merged (an
artifact of RDF is that as soon as we have a mapping we can treat these
things as merged).

As I understand it one of the important features of the work is the ability
to do this mapping (although it isn't kept in the same namespace, it is a
requirement, and it is certainly the basis of my interest in this).

I maintain that one of the use cases that makes the SKOS work interesting is
the parallel work on mapping, and that we should ensure that we don' break

I therefore think that we should separate what we consider Best Practice (for
example having the same label as possibly referring to two concepts is
generally a bad idea) from making something absolutely incorrect when there
is reason to believe that it will arise in practice due to sensible work. So
I would continue to suppport the idea that things are "strong usage
recommendations" (but not encoded in the ontology definition frameworks),
rather than seeking to outlaw them by specifying appropriate RDF/OWL



On Mon, 15 Mar 2004, Miles, AJ (Alistair)  wrote:

>> Chaals raises the issue of merging different vocabularies. I
>> above applies there too.  As the present SKOS draft doesn't cover
>> questions of mapping between vocabularies, I think we should
>> keep it to
>> what is necessary and desirable for a single vocabulary.
> I think 'merging' and 'mapping' are completely different scenarios.  In
>mapping, the schemes are kept separate, and linked via mapping statements.
>In merging, a new scheme is created by combining concepts from different
>It's worth considering the situations where separate groups of people (part
>of a larger community) are responsible for contributing concepts as part of
>a larger scheme.  In this scenario we may expect to find overlap of labels.
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