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Re: OWL mismatch example: Taxonomies VS. the semantic web?

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 00:21:12 -0400
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[Benjamin Nowack]

>- Grape
>  - WineGrape
>      - CabernetSauvignonGrape
>         - RestaurantsThatServeCabernetSauvignon

> To be honest, this is such an obvious misuse of not only
> subClassOf but of the whole OWL language that I don't think
> that modelers will really go that way.

The interesting thing is that this is how many people really "classify"
things when they do it in a hurry - like filing browser bookmarks, notes in
an outline format, and the like.  There is always _some_ relationship
between the children and the parents, but it is not limited to just one kind
of relationship, and the whole design is generally inconsistent and changes
over time.

Even though a good classifier, taxonomist, or indexer would create such
designs, it is useful to work out a system to handle the informal, everyday
approach as well.  My paper for Extreme Markup 2003 [1] deals with exactly
this.

[1] Thomas B. Passin,  Browser Bookmark Management with Topic Maps ,
http://www.mulberrytech.com/Extreme/Proceedings/html/2003/Passin01/EML2003Passin01.html

Cheers,

Tom P
Received on Thursday, 11 September 2003 00:20:57 GMT

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