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Re: prov-dm expression: a proposal to vote on (deadline Wednesday midnight GMT)

From: Paolo Missier <Paolo.Missier@ncl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:32:50 +0100
Message-ID: <4EAABD12.7070201@ncl.ac.uk>
To: public-prov-wg@w3.org
+1
-Paolo

On 10/28/11 3:17 PM, Luc Moreau wrote:
>
>
> Dear all,
>
> In the interest of simplification, we would like to make the following
> proposal about terminology in prov-dm.
>
> The context:
>
> Following this week's call, the prov-dm document will introduce
> concepts such as entity and activity in section 2, and define 'entity
> expression' and 'activity expression' in section 5.  In section 5 (see
> table of contents of [1]), all terms of the data model have been
> suffixed by the suffix 'expression', which allows us to distinguish
> terms of the data model (i.e. what we say in provenance records) from
> the things in the world.
>
>
> The problem:
>
> While this distinction is important, the choice of word is not ideal.
> The suffix 'expression' has a strong connotation of language, and the reader may
> think that we talk about expressions in the abstract syntax notation.
> It's not the case!  We really mean elements of the data model.
>
> Proposal:
> /Rename 'Entity Expression' into 'Entity Record'; similarly, rename 'XXX Expression' into 'XXX Record'./
>
> Can you please express your support for this proposal by Wednesday
> midnight GMT, and we will confirm it at the next teleconference.
>
> Luc
>
> [1] http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/prov/raw-file/default/model/ProvenanceModel.html
>
>


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