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Re: SKOS and OWL

From: Carl Mattocks <carlmattocks@checkmi.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 11:33:30 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <50026.>
To: "Jakob Voss" <jakob.voss@gbv.de>
Cc: public-esw-thes@w3.org

I do not agree with your statement that 'mixing OWL and SKOS is wrong'

I think that adding SKOS declarations to SOME OWL declarations is a win-win.

While OWL statements are always domain 'object' specfic and not always
about disambiguating natural language 'terms' .. when the object of a OWL
declaration is ALSO a term in a Common Vocabulary .. SKOS helps explain
how a set of specific national language terms / symbols are used in that
community of practice.

 o="Jakob Voss">
> Bernard Vatant wrote:
>> First it sounds like you're thinking there is a single and
>> systematic way to convert OWL to SKOS, and I hope it's not the case.
>> Second, it would lead folks to think that SKOS and OWL are just
>> two languages to model the same things differently, which
>> IMO is plainly wrong. Actually I hope the ongoing SKOS standardization
>> will eventually clarify what SKOS is about vs ontology languages.
> I think you misunderstood Mark, but anyway: thanks for this clear
> statement! Mixing SKOS and OWL is just wrong. Yes, OWL and SKOS have
> something in common:
> 1.) Both are based on RDF
> 2.) OWL can be used as a meta-language to describe the SKOS vocabulary.
> 3.) Both are mostly used to deal with some kind of reality.
> But:
> I.) In the Semantic Web everything is based on RDF no matter if it makes
> sense or not.
> II.) OWL cannot be used to describe conrete Concepts Schemes that are
> expressed in SKOS.
> III.) Many other things, for instance texts, also describe some kind of
> reality. If you call both OWL and SKOS (or their application) "semantic"
> and "ontology" because they both describe a reality then your definition
> of "semantic" and "ontology" is meaningless (like in 95% of the papers
> and talks about Semantic Web ;-)
> Greetings,
> Jakob

Carl Mattocks
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