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Re: Preferred terms

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:34:29 +0200
Message-ID: <48F30815.7040603@few.vu.nl>
To: Sean Bechhofer <sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk>
CC: SWD Working SWD <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

Hi Sean,

> I note, however, that this is not explicitly stated in our user 
> requirements
Do you mean, in the SKOS use case and requirements document? If yes, we 
can consider it to be hidden in R-CompatibilityWithISO2788 . Thesaurus 
guidelines provided with the main motivation for the uniqueness of 
prefLabels...
But actually I would consider that the intuitive semantics of 
"preferred" should be enough. If you use some sources which make you not 
able to distinguish a specific label, then it is quite worthless to fake 
having a "preference".

Note that maybe the cases mentioned by Al could be solved by appropriate 
use of custom language tags to distinguish between different "flavors of 
language" used by the different systems.
Something like
my:un skos:prefLabel "United Nations"@en-x-system1 ; skos:prefLabel 
"UN"@en-x-system2
That's tricky, but I believe the scenario Al mentions are also a bit 
tricky, too.

Antoine

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/skos-ucr#R-CompatibilityWithISO2788

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> ISSUE-179 raises a question about our definition of preferred and 
> alternate terms (labels), in particular whether multiple preferred 
> terms are allowed. I was under the impression that the convention in 
> thesauri was that concepts had at most one preferred term, leading to 
> the constraint. The notion of "preferred", to me at least suggests a 
> singleton. I note, however, that this is not explicitly stated in our 
> user requirements. Can anyone provide links to concrete rationale or 
> existing standards where this is discussed?
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> Thanks,
>
>     Sean
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> -- 
> Sean Bechhofer
> School of Computer Science
> University of Manchester
> sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk
> http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/people/bechhofer
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