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Re: [SKOS] Comments on SKOS Primer

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 23:33:56 +0100
Message-ID: <4963DC54.8010505@few.vu.nl>
To: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
CC: Thomas Baker <baker@sub.uni-goettingen.de>, SWD Working Group <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

Hi Ed,

Well actually if you want to have a try on the intro, you are welcome ;-)
But I'd be very careful adding TimBL's quot. It's of course a very nice motivation, but:

1. It makes the document longer, and with literature that although if nice background, does not give much guidance on how to use SKOS, which is the main goal of the Primer.

2. it may give the wrong feeling that we devote our efforts to the realization of a vision that originates "only" from the web context, and that is 20 years old. As the discussion on the ESW list repeated it, SKOS is the place where this web vision meets another approach (the controlled vocabulary one) that largely predates it, even though it lacked the formidable technical possibilities brought by the web. I think we should acknowledge that as well, if we quote [2].



> On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 6:42 AM, Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl> wrote:
>> Ed, if you have time to read and approve or make suggestions, that would be
>> welcome!
> This all looks good to me. Thanks Tom for going over the Primer so
> thoroughly, and for expediting the edits. I am definitely in favor of
> updating the Primer to promote the use of dcterms [1].
> I also like Alistair's suggestion for incorporating timbl's quote
> about the 'problems with keywords'  [2] into the Primer Introduction.
> I think considering SKOS in light of the original motivation for the
> web is important--particularly for readers who harbor general doubts
> about the semantic web.
> Antoine, if you'd like me to do any of this let me know.
> //Ed
> [1] http://purl.org/dc/terms/
> [2] http://www.w3.org/History/1989/proposal.html
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