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RE: What about "taxonomies"? RE: Glossary of terms relating to thesauri and faceted classification

From: Aida Slavic <aida@acorweb.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 01:27:15 -0000
To: "Thomas Baker" <thomas.baker@bi.fhg.de>, "Miles, AJ \(Alistair\)" <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Cc: "Bernard Vatant" <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, "SKOS" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>

just a minor point
>A 'conceptual scheme' or 'concept scheme' is defined here as: a set of
concepts, optionally including statements about semantic relationships
>between those concepts. Thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading
schemes, terminologies, glossaries and other types of controlled
>vocabularies are all examples of conceptual schemes.

should read, 'subject heading systems' (NOT schemes)

This comes from 'subject heading languages'  SHL
(a good source for these are "Principles underlying subject heading
languages" (Muenchen: KG Saur, 1999)
When applied SHLs  become 'systems' (e.g. LCSH system, RSWK system, RAMEAU
system, EMBM system,
SIPORBASE system etc.) and systems contain terms.
The expression 'scheme'  is usually used for languages with symbolic
representation and are not
normally used in relation to SHLs

Also, it seems to be pretty safe to consider 'taxonomy' as a type of
But if a link between the two needs to be explicit then "classification
(taxonomical) schemes"
The main question is whether SKOS implementors also see it as a same type of
is what needs to be decided...
See below a typical example of classification and a typical example of

Classification (copy/paste from a UDC database)

599 Mammalia. Mammals
599.1	Prototheria (Eplacentalia). Egg-laying mammals
599.11		Monotremata
599.111		Tachyglossidae: Echidnas (Spiny anteaters)
599.112		Ornithorhynchidae: Duck-billed platypus
599.2	Metatheria. Metatherian mammals

Taxonomy of animals (the first I found on the web

CLASS : Mammalia
	SUBCLASS : Prototheria
		Example : Triconodonta *, Monotremata
	SUBCLASS : Theria
		INFRACLASS : Trituberculata *
		INFRACLASS : Metatheria
			Example : Marsupialia
		INFRACLASS : Eutheria

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