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RE: [SKOS comment] Re: Call for Comments: SKOS Primer: W3C Working Draft 21 February 2008

From: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:16:36 +0100
To: "'Antoine Isaac'" <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Cc: "'SWD WG'" <public-swd-wg@w3.org>, "'SKOS'" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000f01c8aa03$a28f1910$e7ad4b30$@miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>

Hi Antoine,

I was just rereading some mail from the list, and noticed this nice comment
of yours...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-swd-wg-request@w3.org [mailto:public-swd-wg-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Antoine Isaac
> Sent: 28 February 2008 13:53
> To: Azamat
> Cc: SWD WG; SKOS
> Subject: [SKOS comment] Re: Call for Comments: SKOS Primer: W3C Working
> Draft 21 February 2008
...
>
> Notice in this respect that the problem originates in the scope of SKOS
> itself: the things that we aim at representing are very diverse: some
> classification schemes use "codes" and refer to "classes", thesauri
> have
> "terms" and so on.
> Yet, it happens, looking at the way these things are used now and will
> be in the near future (with more and more links established between
> them), that (i) some standardisation has to take place, and that (ii)
> this standardisation can be actually grounded on some observed
> practical
> similarities (http://www.w3.org/TR/skos-ucr/)
> 
> Our aim is not to replace the original objects in their initial context
> of use, but to allow to port them to a shared space, based on a
> simplified model, enabling wider re-use and better interoperability.

This last sentence is, I think, especially well put. Maybe this should go
into the Reference and/or Primer?

Cheers,

Alistair.

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