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Re: REQDOC: ontologies as resources

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 16:42:09 -0500
To: connolly@w3.org
Cc: www-webont-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <20020214164209K.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Subject: Re: REQDOC: ontologies as resources
Date: 14 Feb 2002 15:20:32 -0600

> On Thu, 2002-02-14 at 12:43, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
> > In a message expressing my concerns with the requirements document, I
> > argued that it is premature to require that ontologies be resources, at
> > least if by resource, we mean an RDF resource, i.e., elements of the domain
> > of discourse that can be used just like any other element of the domain of
> > discourse.
> 
> Hmm... it seems to me:
> 
>   1. Ontologies are documents
>   2. documents are in the domain of discourse
> 	e.g. we can use the dublin core title
> 	property ala
> 	<http://www.w3.org/> dc:title "W3C".
> hence
> 
>   3. Ontologies are in the domain of discourse
> 
> I'm interested to know which part of that argument you'd disagree with.

I would, instead say that

   1. Ontologies can be encoded as documents (or collections of documents).
   2. Documents are in the domain of discourse.

which does not imply that

   3. Ontologies are in the domain of discourse.

So I disagree with your #1.

peter
Received on Thursday, 14 February 2002 16:43:48 GMT

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