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Re: [call for comments] voiD 1.0

From: Keith Alexander <k.j.w.alexander@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 23:05:08 -0000
To: "Simon Reinhardt" <simon.reinhardt@koeln.de>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.uoleeuma63ayaz@polar-bear>

On Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:25:58 -0000, Simon Reinhardt  
<simon.reinhardt@koeln.de> wrote:

Hi Simon,

> Keith Alexander wrote:
>> Can you explain why you prefer sioc:has_container to dcterms:isPartOf ?
> Let's call it consistent use of a vocabulary. Since I'm using SIOC for  
> lots of things in the platform anyway (like, most resources in my  
> dataset are sioc:Items) it makes sense to use SIOC the way it is  
> expected to be used. Then again I also want to use voiD the way it is  
> expected to be used, so I'm in a dilemma. :-)

I don't think sioc:has_container (and its domain and range classes) are  
altogether fitting here (it seems to me anyway), and I think there's a  
danger that aligning would dilute, rather than consolidate, the semantics  
of voiD and SIOC.
In the Guide, we advocate foaf:Document -> dcterms:isPartOf ->  
voiD:Dataset as a solution for "following-your-nose" from a dereferenced  
URI back to the dataset it belongs to. But the foaf:Document isn't really  
an intrinsic  'item' of the dataset - it's just an artifact of the dataset  
being published as dereferencable LOD. In this sense, I don't see too much  
value in alignment anyway - the ":Document dcterms:isPartOf :Dataset"  
triple is only there to let users/agents navigate back to the void:Dataset  
description. If you were to publish the dataset purely as a dump, I doubt  
there would be too much point in wrapping up each resource as an Item or a  
Document, or whatever, which links back to the Dataset. It's only when  
publishing them as discrete web pages that we want some way of explicitly  
linking back to the dataset, so that the dataset description is  

But maybe I'm missing something, so if you can explain the utility of  
publishing datasets as SIOC, and defend the semantic common-ground of the  
concepts, please do :)


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