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Re: vocabularies and data alignment

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:11:53 -0400
Message-ID: <4A312CC9.70704@openlinksw.com>
To: François Scharffe <francois.scharffe@inria.fr>
CC: public-lod@w3.org, Jerome Euzenat <Jerome.Euzenat@inrialpes.fr>
François Scharffe wrote:
> Hi Kingsley,
>
> Thank you for the pointer. It is right Umbel provides a way to link 
> vocabularies. There are others (e.g. SKOS, the alignment format).
> We will look at how what we try to do can complement Umbel and build 
> on it instead of competing with it.
>
> Our experiment is actually focused on link-generator specifications, 
> many exist and we would like to look at them and see how they could be 
> published.
Yes, the key thing is that this task isn't instance data only (abox) you 
need tbox smarts and thats basically the kind of substrate UMBEL 
provides. Note, UMBEL and SKOS aren't mutually exclusive :-)

Kingsley
>
> Cheers !
> Francois
>
>
> Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> François Scharffe wrote:
>>> Dear LODers,
>>>
>>> There has been a couple of discussions already on this list on the need
>>> for a vocabulary to represent correspondences between terms of 
>>> different
>>> vocabularies. We also saw recently various tools (e.g. Silk, ODDlinker)
>>> allowing to automatically interlink datasets given a specification of
>>> what should be linked.
>>>
>>> However, there is currently no common way to publish and share this
>>> information (i.e., not the links but the way to generate them, see [1]
>>> for precision).
>>>
>>> We are setting up an experiment [1] to see if it is possible to provide
>>> useful services from this data. But for that purpose we need your help.
>>>
>>> So this is a call for contribution: we are collecting any specification
>>> of link generator for the LOD graph.
>>>
>>> Of course, do not hesitate to comment on the idea or to tell us if you
>>> want to be involved.
>>>
>>> We promise a report on this by the end of summer (northern 
>>> hemisphere :).
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> François
>>>
>>> [1] http://melinda.inrialpes.fr
>>>
>> Francois,
>>
>> With regards to the question [1]: did I miss something? How about 
>> UMBEL[2] ? An effort that was created to address these kinds of 
>> issues eons ago.
>>
>> I remain quite confused about the tendency to open up new patches 
>> when existing efforts (of the community variety) are already in 
>> place. Recreation from scratch doesn't scale. Rememer, Microsoft came 
>> to prominence buy groking a basic principle: Embrace and Extend.
>>
>> Alignment across Vocabularies, Schemas, or Ontologies is what UMBEL 
>> is/was about.
>>
>> Links:
>>
>> 1. http://melinda.inrialpes.fr/
>> 2. http://umbel.org
>>
>>
>


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Regards,

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President & CEO 
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Received on Thursday, 11 June 2009 16:12:29 UTC

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