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From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 19:59:48 +0200
Message-ID: <48E26914.80404@few.vu.nl>
To: Alasdair Gray <agray@dcs.gla.ac.uk>, norman@astro.gla.ac.uk
CC: SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>, SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>

Dear Alasdair, Norman (I'm not sure I can write on your IVOA RFC wiki, so I just send 
that to you, hoping you will transfer it to the right place/people),

This mail to say that I have found this document very interesting. Great 
job! It's actually very valueable for us involved in SKOS to see how 
this technology can trigger such interesting developments.
(@SWD members: I think it would make a more-than-decent SKOS 
implementation, in fact!)

I found the document very clear to read, and most recommendations seem 
very reasonable (but my knowledge is fairly limited for some things like 
de-referencing receipes).
I have a few minor comments, mostly editorial. Actually they happen to 
be all in section 2.2

- this section is a very nice introduction to SKOS. I was wondering 
whether it could be useful to refer as a complement to the SKOS Primer 
Ed and me have tried to put together, which has a similar aim of guiding 
newcomers (though with more details than what you do in 2.2).

- is the sentence that introduce the features list about "a SKOS 
concept" rather than "a SKOS vocabulary"?

- in the list of features, "definition" and "scope note" are not said to 
be explicitly optional . Is that intended?

- I think your proposed example for notations is not compliant with what 
the SKOS Reference and Primer say about these [1,2]. skos:notation 
should be used with literals with a specific datatype, as in
ex:udc512 skos:prefLabel "Algebra" ;
 skos:notation "512"^^ex:myUDCNotationDatatype .
(and yes, it is not a very simple representation. Which is why we left 
the "private use tags with skos:prefLabel" option available...)

I hope this can help you make the document even better!

Best,

Antoine

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/skos-reference/#notations
[2]  http://www.w3.org/TR/skos-primer/#secnotations

> All
> 
> I think this very important SKOS use case deserves full attention from 
> the community.
> 
> Bernard
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> *Bernard Vatant
> *Senior Consultant
> Vocabulary & Data Engineering
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> 
> attached mail follows:
> 
> Greetings, all.
> 
> The Vocabularies document is now in its RFC period, which runs from  
> 2008 September 15 to 2008 October 17 (five weeks).
> 
> Version 1.15 of the PR document is at <http://www.ivoa.net/Documents/latest/Vocabularies.html 
>  >, and the RFC comments page at <http://www.ivoa.net/cgi-bin/twiki/bin/view/IVOA/VocabulariesRFC 
>  >.  Comments are warmly solicited.
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Norman
> (semantics WG vice-chair)
> 
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> Norman Gray  :  http://nxg.me.uk
> Dept Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
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