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Re: Unicity of skos (and skos-xl) prefLabel in one language : gender issues

From: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:00:50 +0100
Message-ID: <+1KNIf$CTBpNFwyc@light.demon.co.uk>
To: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>
Cc: SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
In message <BANLkTikFVM5RHhaNZ7kP54C-EeVfsRtz8Q@mail.gmail.com>, Bernard 
Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com> writes
>Currently working on migration of OPOCE authority tables to SKOS
>(countries, languages, currencies etc) I stumble on the following issue :
>A country (say : Greece) has terms denoting its nationality (Greek). If we
>want to represent the nationality as a skos:Concept, in some languages
>which have different forms for different genders, which one is to be chosen
>as the unique prefLabel in French : "grec" (M) or "grecque" (F)? Either
>choice is politically incorrect :)
>Note that in this case we will use skos-xl to in order to capture the
>"gender" property. But the issue is the same in skos or skos-xl.
>So far I've used a workaround by attaching directly the nationality labels to
>the country concept using an ad hoc "nationalityLabel" property, but it's
>only a workaround in the sense that I skip the issue by not representing
>explicitly the nationality as a Concept.

How about e.g. "grec/grecque" as the prefLabel?

Richard Light
Received on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 09:02:58 UTC

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