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Re: use-instead notes

From: Leonard Will <L.Will@willpowerinfo.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:45:37 +0000
Message-ID: <O7KzERIRe1aJFAsU@mail.willpowerinfo.co.uk>
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org

On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 at 12:36:09, Neubert Joachim <J.Neubert@zbw.eu> 
>In the the course of the conversion of  our economics thesaurus to SKOS,
>I found a construct which seems to require a custom extension: Some
>documentation notes offer "use that instead of this" hints - e.g., a
>note for the descriptor "Restrictive business practices" says "For
>restrictions on market entry USE Market entry".
>To preserve the semantic of this note, I think about introducing a new
>type of note:
>  stw:useInsteadNote rdfs:subPropertyOf skos:note
>which could be used as follows:
>  <restrictive business practices> stw:useInsteadNote
>    [ rdf:value "For restrictions on market entry"@en;
>      rdfs:seeAlso <market entry> ] .
>By using a custom type of note, it can get special treatment, generation
>of links etc., in the further conversion to XHTML/RDFa.
>Do you have some experience with this or a similar pattern? Are there
>any pitfalls I should be aware of?
>Kind regards,
>Joachim Neubert
>German National Library of Economics (ZBW)
This sort of note would normally be included as a scope note, which can 
contain notes on other concepts which are included or excluded from the 
scope of the concept to which it applies. These notes are not generally 
designed to be understood by machines, so the syntax is not fixed. The 
example you quote could be shown as

restrictive business practices
SN: For restrictions on market entry USE market entry
RT: market entry

though the RT entry may be redundant. You could add, if desired, the 
additional entry as a non-preferred term:

restrictions on market entry
USE: market entry

and the (automatically-created) reciprocal entries:

market entry
UF: restrictions on market entry
RT: restrictive business practices

I don't think it is necessary to introduce another type of relationship; 
the ISO 25964 model allows for custom notes, but as this form of 
reference to another concept is very common in scope notes that seems 
the natural place to keep it.

Leonard Will
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