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Finding News Taxonomies [was: RE: Towards a TAG consideration of CURIEs]

From: Misha Wolf <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 16:17:23 +0100
To: newsml-g2@yahoogroups.com
Cc: www-tag@w3.org, semantic-web@w3.org, public-xg-mmsem@w3.org
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John Cowan wrote:

> Misha Wolf scripsit:
> > As we would very strongly prefer to end up with a Web page per 
> > Taxonomy, 
> Is that really sensible when taxonomies are very large?  Consider
> SNOMED-CT, with upwards of 300,000 terms.  I should think that
> the choice of / vs. # should be allowed to depend on the taxonomy
> in use.

Well, there are two options for URI construction:

a) use simple concatenation of taxonomy URI and code,

b) require that a specified string be injected between the taxonomy 
   URI and the code.

I agree with David Booth that consuming programs shouldn't have to
contain hardwired knowledge of the rules for each taxonomy.  I'm not 
sure, though, that there exists a viable mechanism for telling a 
program which of the above to do, for each of the hundreds of 
taxonomies used for News.  I haven't looked at GRDDL for some time, 
but I seem to recall that it is designed for interpreting document 
instances, so is probably not the right tool for specifying how to 
handle a taxonomy that will be used by millions of documents.  I 
also don't recall such a capability in RDDL, though I haven't looked 
at it, too, for quite some time.

So if we limited ourselves to one rule only, and if we wanted to 
support the use of both "#" and "/", we would probbaly have to go 
for simple concatenation and specify that in cases where any of the 
codes would not be legal fragment IDs, the taxonomy URI must end 
with a character which will sanitise the code.  This approach is 
illustrated by choices 1 and 2 in my previous mail:

1. Simple concatenation using "/" as the delimiter
   "http://www.iptc.org/NewsCodes/" & "123456" ->

2. Simple concatenation using "#_" as the delimiter
   "http://www.iptc.org/NewsCodes#_" & "123456" ->

One of the disadvantages is that a number of RDF tools can't cope 
with choice 2.  At any rate, this seemed to be the case when I last 
looked into this matter.

Misha Wolf
News Standards Manager, Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/
Vice Chair, News Architecture WP, IPTC, http://www.iptc.org/

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