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Re: [SKOS]: [ISSUE 44] BroaderNarrowerSemantics

From: Stephen Bounds <km@bounds.net.au>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:31:55 +1100
Message-ID: <478CB5CB.4010701@bounds.net.au>
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org

Hi Leonard,

Leonard Will wrote:
> It just means that within the [Keyword AAA] scheme it is valid to
> pre-coordinate these concepts into strings such as
> or
>> To date, my experience using SKOS has been very positive -- the loose
>> semantic rules around SKOS make it very quick and easy to do useful work
>> with it.
> As far as I know, SKOS has not yet been developed to represent
> pre-coordinated strings of concepts of this type. It would be a gross
> distortion of the relationships to implement Keyword AAA's use of BT/NT
> as though these were valid thesaural relationships.

True.  What I'm actually doing is translating Keyword AAA into a 
fully-expanded version of the pre-coordinated strings, i.e.

   <skos:prefLabel>FLEET MANAGEMENT - Committees</skos:prefLabel>
rdf:resource="http://www.naa.gov.au/kaaa/fleet.management" />

While the resulting document obviously contains more entries, it also 
makes the available thesaurus hierarchies much clearer.

> I have not seen a convincing illustration of the need to represent
> intransitive BT/NT relationships, or examples of intransitive
> relationships which still conform to thesaurus standards. I would
> therefore prefer SKOS to assume that such relationships are
> transitive until someone demonstrates the need for more complexity.

My argument would simply be this:  The <skos:narrower /> element comes 
with a set of common sense, plain English semantic assumptions.

Subclassing this element allows us to simply say "all of the above, 
*plus* it is now transitive".

On the other hand, it is less useful to assume transitivity and say "it 
is no longer transitive", because a negative assertion is weaker than a 
positive one.  For example, is there such a thing as "partially 
transitive" (less than 3 degrees of separation)?


-- Stephen.
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