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Re: rdfs:Schema

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:02:28 +0200
Message-ID: <CAFfrAFqBjpYAjvdqnWabLDOy79UUathFpJL6CxCi1ZM1h63x_w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steve Harris <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Cc: Yves Raimond <Yves.Raimond@bbc.co.uk>, "public-rdf-wg@w3.org" <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>, Nicholas Humfrey <Nicholas.Humfrey@bbc.co.uk>
On Wednesday, 29 August 2012, Steve Harris wrote:

> On 2012-08-29, at 13:26, Dan Brickley wrote:
>
>
> On Wednesday, 29 August 2012, Yves Raimond wrote:
>
>> **
>>
>> Hello!
>>
>> A colleague of mine was writing a specification generation software for
>> web ontologies recently, and as part of his testing on multiple RDFS
>> vocabularies, noticed that most of them use the OWL namespace just for its
>> owl:Ontology class, to describe the vocabulary itself.
>>
>> Would it make sense to create a new rdfs:Schema class, to make it simpler
>> for people to create basic vocabularies, without having to involve OWL at
>> all?
>>
>> Thanks for the suggestion. I would advise against this:
>
> 1. There are lots of bits of OWL that it is good to use, even if you don't
> buy the whole DL vision. For example, knowing about class disjointness,
> property inverses, FPs and IFPs. Having the OWL 'Ontology' class can serve
> as a gateway drug to these useful extras.
>
> 2. You push work onto consumers; everyone who previously queried for owl:
> Ontology would now have to check for rdfs: Schema too.
>
> 3. Are there any members of one of these classes that are not also in the
> other? If yes, I fear this will confuse. If no, then this is purely
> cosmetics.
>
>
> +1
>
> 4. Both owl: and rdfs: are pre-declared prefixes in the rdfa 1.1 'initial
> context', and this addresses most of the cosmetic concern. New schemas
> ought to be written in rdfa imho.
>
>
> That made me double-take, but I've not seen a schema written in RDFa to
> see how legible that can be.
>


http://schema.org/docs/schema_org_rdfa.html

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Dan


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