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From: Howard Burrows <hburrows@supportingresearch.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 16:31:54 -0400
To: <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Cc: "'Alistair Miles'" <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
Message-ID: <3DBBE5FC98F74DDCBACA9BAC330468E1@Quacky>


I wonder, would it be better to call SKOS SCOS, a "simple concept
organization scheme"?  


Sorry if this is late and totally inappropriate, but perhaps the use of the
word "knowledge" in SKOS should be discussed (again?).  Not that the current
choice is a bad thing, but I expected, and would really like to see, another
sort of SKOS with a different set of requirements.


My work involves developing an organization system for distinguishing what
is "thought" from what is "known".  

You can't be said to "know" anything unless it is an assertion that has the
right sort of entitling warrant.  There would be other requirements in the
common "justified, true, belief" notion of knowledge.  Since SKOS doesn't
seem to address either of these, it might be worth changing the name, or at
least commenting somewhere in the documentation that there could be a family
of SKOS recommendations in the future.  


You have an important and well-established community that is quite
comfortable with the terms as you are using them.  However, I think I would
prefer to separate schemes for epistemology from those for ontology.  


Howard Burrows, PhD

Supporting Research

Durham, NH, USA


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