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

From: Christophe Dupriez <christophe.dupriez@destin.be>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:22:00 +0200
Message-ID: <4DA419B8.7070600@destin.be>
To: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
CC: Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
Question is: in the context where you will be using the prefLabel, will 
you know the gender?
Probably not more than in the SKOS vocabulary itself.
So your challenge is therefore to write a politically correct form for 
the vocabulary lists, menus, index views, etc.

Then "grec(que)", "français(e)", "saoudien(ne)"  or so should be OK, 
isn't it?

This to separate the main SKOS usage (choosing/getting a concept in 
"catalogues" of any type)
   and the other uses (like terminology management)
where additional properties, with precise grammatical features added, 
are needed.
I would had thought the SKOS-XL was enabling to define the "usage 
context" of a term
(or at least that additional properties on the reified term could be used).

Le 12/04/2011 11:00, Richard Light a écrit :
> In message <BANLkTikFVM5RHhaNZ7kP54C-EeVfsRtz8Q@mail.gmail.com>, 
> Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com> writes
>> Hello
>> 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.
>> Thoughts?
> How about e.g. "grec/grecque" as the prefLabel?
> Richard
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