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RE: "OWL 2 IRI vocabulary" considered harmful (was Re: Occurrences of "OWL 2 Full" in our documents)

From: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:57:52 +0200
Message-ID: <0EF30CAA69519C4CB91D01481AEA06A00125F757@judith.fzi.de>
To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Cc: <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:

>> But, after all, isn't the most distinguishing aspect of the
>RDF/RDFS/OWL 1/2 vocabularies
>> that they consist of URI/IRIs? They don't have much to do with RDF
>graphs. So why not
>> simply call them "IRI vocabularies"? This seems to at least avoid
>confusion with our
>> other syntaxes.
>
>I don't think that "IRI vocabulary" works at all.  After all, names of
>classes, etc., in OWL 2 are IRIs, so "IRI vocabulary" is even more
>confusing than just "vocabulary".  The most important aspect of the
>vocabulary that is given special meaning in the RDF-based semantics is
>that it is vocabulary in the RDF graph encoding for OWL 2 that is given
>meaning by the RDF-based semantics, so "RDF" should be somewhere in the
>term itself.

Then what about... "OWL 2 RDF-Based Vocabulary"? :-)

(The names for the different concepts are already so ugly, it doesn't matter
to introduce yet another ugly name. But this one would at least perfectly
match the chosen naming convention so far, and wouldn't have any of the
different problems we have identified, I think.) 

Michael

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