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broader/narrower definition

From: Miles, AJ \(Alistair\) <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 21:30:01 -0000
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Hi all,

I realised there is a discrepancy in the SKOS Core Guide vs Spec ... in the Guide the semantics of skos:broader/skos:narrower are stated as follows:

To assert that one concept is broader in meaning (i.e. more general) than another, where the scope (meaning) of one falls completely within the scope of the other, use the skos:broader property. To assert the inverse, that one concept is narrower in meaning (i.e. more specific) than another, use the skos:narrower property. 

... this was done to make the definitions in line with what is stated in BS8723.

However, in the RDF description of SKOS Core (and hence in the Spec, because the Spec is generated from the RDF) skos:broader is defined as ...

'A concept that is more general in meaning.'

... and skos:narrower is defined as ...

'A concept that is more specific in meaning.'

I propose that the definitions of skos:broader and skos:narrower be changed to match the BS8723 definitions, but I can't think of exactly how to word it at the moment.  Will post a suggestion when it comes to me :)



Alistair Miles
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