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RE: FictionalThing proposal added to Web Schemas wiki

From: Michael Hopwood <michael@editeur.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:32:08 +0000
To: "Dawson, Laura" <Laura.Dawson@bowker.com>, Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
CC: Thad Guidry <thadguidry@gmail.com>, Richard Wallis <richard.wallis@oclc.org>, Web Schemas TF <public-vocabs@w3.org>, "Gregg Kellogg" <gregg@greggkellogg.net>
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Hmmm. I've followed this fascinating thread at a distance but I thought it's a reasonable point to chime in; it's not so much the edge cases, it's that in this context, everything is an edge case.

In all the relevant ontologies and schemas I've dealt with, there simply is no fundamental difference; for example, Sir John Falstaff has an ISNI, although he's fictional; he's also a literary pseudonym of James White...

The reason for this is that in data, you don't describe actual people (maybe FOAF or VCARD are exceptions), you describe public identities. You can only tell the real ones from the fictional from their relationships; their properties are the same.

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From: Dawson, Laura [mailto:Laura.Dawson@bowker.com] 
Sent: 19 February 2013 12:50
To: Martin Hepp
Cc: Thad Guidry; Richard Wallis; Web Schemas TF; Gregg Kellogg
Subject: Re: FictionalThing proposal added to Web Schemas wiki

There are many edge cases, but I think there are enough straightforward cases to warrant the attempt.
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