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Re: personal comment on primer

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:14:27 +0000
Message-Id: <42DE0D98-1D11-4741-8A60-2658623FBA37@cs.man.ac.uk>
To: public-owl-comments@w3.org

Thanks for the comment Jeremy. I took offense too :) but wasn't sure  
if I'm the only one.

My first move was to add a disclaimer:

"""(We do not intend this example to be representative of the sorts  
of domains OWL should be used for, or as a canonical example of good  
modeling with OWL, or a correct representation of the rather complex,  
shifting, and politically explosive domain of families. Instead, we  
intend it to be a rather simple exhibition of various features of  

That does seem to be the bare minimum and cheap enough.

I've also thought about making it a teaching moment, i.e., start with  
simplistic model and then press on it (e.g., dealing with intersexed  
persons, transgender persons, various kinds of family organizations).

I believe someone pointed out that these would be offensive to some  
people (he's *redefining MARRIAGE*!), but I'd rather offend that  
group :)

The other alternative is to pick a completely different domain.

(I'm not familiar with Roughgarden's model, but any more nuanced  
model (or severals such!) would be preferable, IMHO.)

Thanks for the feedback. I hope to do a major revision over the  
holidays and will gladly take this feedback into account.

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