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Re: ISSUE-154 draft response

From: Sean Bechhofer <sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 13:04:58 +0100
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To: SWD Working SWD <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

All,

Here's an updated draft response to Peter and the OWL WG, on  
[ISSUE-154], taking
into account additional comments. Let me know what you think. Note  
*this is just
a draft, not the actual response* -- I'll wait for feedback from the  
WG before
replying formally to Peter. (Peter if you're lurking on this list  
feel free to
post your thoughts at any time.)

	Sean


Dear Peter

Thank you for your comments [1,2]:

"I would much prefer to have more formality in this reference document.
I feel that it is important to have at least those parts of the SKOS
model that fit into RDF or OWL be prominently mentioned.  It is true
that there is a RDF/XML document that has the OWL 1 portion of SKOS, but
this is only mentioned at the very end of the reference document.  I
feel that it would be much better to mention this RDF/XML document at
the beginning of the reference document.  I also note that the reference
document mentions an outdated version of the RDF/XML document."

"The OWL WG generally likes the SKOS Reference document.

However, it is the opinion of the WG that there should be more formality
in this reference document.  It would be best to have those parts of the
SKOS model that fit into RDF or OWL be prominently mentioned throughout
the reference document and, moreover, that the RDF/XML document that has
the OWL 1 portion of SKOS be mentioned at the beginning of the reference
document.  At this late stage, however, the OWL WG would be satisfied
with only the second half of this change.

The OWL WG notes that the reference document mentions an outdated
version of the RDF/XML document and expects that this will be fixed.

The OWL WG notes that the RDF/XML document is *not* normative with
respect to the SKOS vocabulary even if it is located at the "root" of
the SKOS vocabulary.  The OWL WG suggests that reference document
indicate that the RDF/XML document is a normative subset of the SKOS
specification."

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The outdated reference was an oversight that has now been rectified.  
We will add a pointer to the RDF schema in the introduction to the  
document, and will state explicitly that the RDF/XML document is a  
normative subset of the specification.

We hope that these changes will be satisfactory.

Cheers,

	Sean Bechhofer
	Alistair Miles

[ISSUE-154] http://www.w3.org/2006/07/SWD/track/issues/154
[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swd-wg/2008Oct/0018.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swd-wg/2008Oct/0059.html
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