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Re: SKOS Core enquiry

From: Benjamin Nowack <bnowack@appmosphere.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 19:35:18 +0200
To: Quentin Reul <qreul@csd.abdn.ac.uk>
Cc: public-esw-thes@w3.org
Message-ID: <PM-GA.20061023193518.C2C98.1.1D@>

On 23.10.2006 17:21:49, Quentin Reul wrote:
>I was wondering if you could explain why skos:broader and skos:narrower 
>properties have been added as part of the SKOS vocabulary. My query is 
>based on the fact that generalization/specification can already be 
>represented by properties such as rdfs:subClassOf.
SKOS concepts differ from rdfs/owl classes, one of the purposes of SKOS
(the main one?) is to be less precise than RDF schemas/ontologies in 
order to avoid unwanted restrictions and inference effects caused by 
using RDFS or OWL constructs.

>Furthermore,  the Semantic Web tend to claim that reuse is very 
>important. However, properties such as skos:subject or 
>skos:primarySubject are already present in other languages such as 
>foaf:topic and foaf:primaryTopic respectively in FOAF 
The domain of foaf:topic is foaf:Document, the domain of skos:subject,
however, is not restricted (looks like you can tag real-life objects
like conferences etc. with SKOS). I also think SKOS adds some (informally
described) transitivity features to skos:subject (in combination with

just some thoughts,

>The W3C have proposed a draft for Wordnet in RDFS and OWL 
>and I was wondering if there was any plans to represent WordNet in SKOS.
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