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Re: ISSUE 5.14 - Ontology versioning

From: Jeff Heflin <heflin@cse.lehigh.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 16:53:05 -0400
Message-ID: <3D7E5BB1.5B0168EE@cse.lehigh.edu>
To: Jonathan Borden <jonathan@openhealth.org>
CC: WebOnt <www-webont-wg@w3.org>

Jonathan Borden wrote:
> Jeff Heflin wrote:
> >
> > Prior versions:
> > ----------------
> > <url> priorVersion <url>.
> >
> > The second URL is an earlier version of the first. This has no meaning
> > in the semantics, but could be used by software to organize ontologies
> > by versions. Due to XML namespaces the identifiers in the two ontologies
> > will be treated as distinct unless there are explicit statements of
> > equivalence.  Thus, the two ontologies can be merged without problems,
> > although there will be no "integration" unless specific mappings are
> > defined.
> I'm not groking the "Due to XML namespaces ..." part. Wouldn't any two
> distinct URIrefs be treated as distinct unless there were statements of
> equivalence? i.e. how do XML namespaces affect this?
> Jonathan

Perhaps I didn't word that well. What I meant was that in RDF, different
IDs in different documents are assumed to be in different namespaces.
That is, if one ontology said:

<Class ID="Car">

and another ontology said:

<Class ID="Car">

then the default in RDF is to assume that these are two different
classes. I view this as something RDF inherited from XML namespaces, but
maybe that's not correct.

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