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RE: SKOS Core second review

From: Ron Davies <ron@rondavies.be>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 20:41:11 +0200
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To: "Houghton,Andrew" <houghtoa@oclc.org>,<public-esw-thes@w3.org>
At 15:15 3/08/2005, Houghton,Andrew wrote:
>A thesaurus management system could be built using SKOS as the underlying 
>so I don't necessarily agree that it wouldn't be good practice to 
>a thesaurus in SKOS.

Yes, you could build a thesaurus management system (TMS) using SKOS as the 
underlying data model. However-- and I don't know why it always has to be 
me that points this out ;-( -- but a TMS built on SKOS would not comply 
with BS8723, since there is no way to associate data elements such as 
history note, source, definition, editorial note, etc. with a 
non-descriptor/non-preferred term. While the last draft of the revised ANSI 
standard is largely silent on this point, Figure 18 clearly shows source 
information being recorded about synonyms for a candidate term in AAT, so 
this is not just a British invention ;-).

As Mark points out, this doesn't mean that SKOS isn't very good for other 
things like interoperability. However I can say that there are simple, 
practical and (in some environments at least) compelling reasons why you 
would want to record and manage this kind of information in a TMS.


Ron Davies
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