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Re: PROV-ISSUE-29 (mutual-iVP-of): can two bobs be mutually "IVP of" each other [Conceptual Model]

From: Timothy Lebo <lebot@rpi.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:16:30 -0400
Cc: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>, Luc Moreau <L.Moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, public-prov-wg@w3.org
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To: Jim McCusker <mccusj@rpi.edu>

On Mar 25, 2012, at 9:43 AM, Jim McCusker wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 3:18 AM, Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org> wrote:
> In my review comments which I think you have yet to get round to, I question whether we actually need to have these concepts in the DM.
> 
> Originally, by my recollection, they were introduced to explain the relationship between provenance entities and (possibly dynamic) real world things.  With the looser description of the provenance model terms, I don't see why this level of detail is needed in the data model.
> 
> Then you don't recollect correctly.

I remember IPV-of as the "relationship between provenance entities and (possibly dynamic) real world things", but specializationOf has developed into a more general association between entities that can include this original purpose. Indeed, eg-19 [1] is using alt and specOf for _exactly_ this original "frozen snapshot of changing things" notion -- applied to datasets and web services.

Instead of digging up the archives, perhaps we can rally around altOf and specOf being the tools we use to associate (and make sense of) assertions made by the combinations of scruffy and proper provenance.
(Like Simon's extension to Stian's BBC example). In addition, it's an incredibly useful construct for one's own "proper" modeling.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/wiki/Eg-19-derived-named-graph-attribution

> They were defined because there was an acknowledgement that there were multiple symbols that denoted a common thing in the world. Sometimes they reflected different aspects of the same thing (alternativeOf) and sometimes they had a subsumptive quality (specializationOf). 

I think these previous two statements contradict (and steer scarily towards owl:sameAs, which alt and specOf are certainly _not_)
Different aspects of the same thing are not the same things.

-Tim

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