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Fwd: [schemaorg/schemaorg] Improving Dataset descriptions (#1083)

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 08:32:57 +0000
To: "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
Message-ID: <3295BB22-481D-4B5E-9BAA-3DC5D3BEBAE4@hw.ac.uk>
Dear All,

The following discussion on the schema.org list looks to be relevant to our work on dataset descriptions for bioschemas.


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> Subject:	Re: [schemaorg/schemaorg] Improving Dataset descriptions (#1083)
> Date:	Tue, 9 May 2017 13:52:03 -0700
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> BTW - the use of the word 'Measured' also has this problem - 'Measure' usually applies to data collection activities with quantitative, but not categorical results. So variableMeasured has the risk that it implicitly excludes datasets where the 'values' are catergories rather than numbers.
> There are precedents from several scientific domains to use the more general term 'Observed' and 'Observation' (rather than Measured and Measurement) to allow for both categories and quantities. SSN [1] & O&M [2] use 'observedProperty' and OBOE [3] has 'ofCharacteristic'.
> [1] http://w3c.github.io/sdw/ssn/ <http://w3c.github.io/sdw/ssn/>
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observations_and_Measurements <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observations_and_Measurements> https://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1142.3042 <https://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1142.3042>
> [3] https://dx.doi.org/10.5063/F11C1TTM <https://dx.doi.org/10.5063/F11C1TTM>
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Alasdair J G Gray
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Assistant Professor in Computer Science,
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
(Athena SWAN Bronze Award)
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK.

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