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[proposal] skos:denotes - a use case?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 14:06:25 -0400 (EDT)
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.55.0409291356030.11717@homer.w3.org>

I have a use case. I think it would be helpful to have the proposed
"skos:denotes" (or whatever you call it) property, to deal with it:

The W3C glossary [1] collects terms from each specification, and describes
them as a SKO thesaurus. Terms like "user agent" appear in many specs, and
the W3C glossary models the occurences in each spec as a seperate concept.
That is, there is a concept described in UAAG by the term/label "user agent"
and a different concept described in the SVG spec by the term "user agent",
according to the glossary.

Sidar has a group that tries to translate a number of specs into spanish (and
other iberoamerican languages). To help with this we have a glossary [3]. We
plan to produce our glossary as a skos thesaurus. But we plan to model the
concept identified by "user agent" in SVG and in UAAG as the same concept (so
it will have the same definition, preferred label, etc, making it easy to
look up how it has been used in different translations).

Sidar doesn't have the authority to change the W3C glossary. We feel it would
be a little anti-social to simply publish RDF saying that one concept defined
by W3C is the same as another one.

But we could say that

W3C's concept in SVG called "user agent" and W3C's concept in UAAG called
"user agent" both denote the Sidar concept called "aplicación de usuario"
(and that the inverse is true) if we have the proposed property.

(Later, either side can decide that the other model is better, and change to
it. But there is no process for coordinating this today, and I want to
publish a translation before I think I can organise the process of
coordination and agreeing to a single model).

Does this make sense?



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