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Re: [SKOS] Reference abstract and synopsis

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 14:04:57 +0000
Message-ID: <4746DE09.3000105@danbri.org>
To: "Miles, AJ (Alistair)" <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
CC: public-swd-wg@w3.org

Miles, AJ (Alistair) wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I've written an abstract and a synopsis for the SKOS Reference, see:
> 
> <http://www.w3.org/2006/07/SWD/wiki/SKOS/Reference?action=recall&rev=15>
> 
> Any comments?

It's a good start, but here's some criticism without sufficient 
alternative proposal. Sorry for that, but am at a conference and don't 
want to let replying slip onto my someday pile.

1. "The Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) is a Semantic Web 
language."

I wouldn't lead with that. Lead with something about the problem space 
addressed by SKOS. Similarly with the RDF mention; squeeze this stuff in 
later.

The 2nd sentence is closer to that, but is somewhat passively worded,
"Semi-formal knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, 
taxonomies, classification schemes and subject heading systems, can be 
represented using SKOS."

Perhaps, something like...
"Semi-formal knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, 
taxonomies, classification schemes and subject heading systems all share 
common structure, and can be applied in overlapping domains. SKOS makes 
much of this shared structure more explicit, to facilitate data and 
technology sharing across diverse applications".

Thinking out loud...

cheers

Dan
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