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From: Miles, AJ \(Alistair\) <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:30:02 +0100
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-----Original Message-----
From: Stella Dextre Clarke [mailto:sdclarke@lukehouse.demon.co.uk]
Sent: 07 June 2005 14:11
To: Miles, AJ (Alistair)
Subject: RE: SKOS Public Working Drafts

Have just got to the end of the Core Guide. I enjoyed it. Nice and
clear. I like the way you have a diagram beside every box with the
syntax laid out. Two more minor comments:

a) In the discussion about synonyms, you give examples of equivalents
that are "all valid" including some quasi-synonyms, some antonyms, some
narrower concepts subsumed in a broader one. Absolutely fine. But it
would be good to clarify that this applies only within the bounds of
that particular concept scheme and the resources indexed with it. A
geologist looking at the examples might be horrified to see 'Basalt'
equated with 'Rocks' because a concept scheme designed for indexing his
collections would treat these as narrower and broader terms
respectively. This ties up with a point that appears much later,
concerning validity of concepts across schemes, and could be made to tie
up with the later mentions of mappings etc.... but maybe that is getting
off the point. The main thing is to clarify that the decisions about
equivalence relationships can only be determined for a particular
context, where the concept scheme is expected to be applied.

b) Re the discussion of public versus private notes, I agree you can't
lay this down from above. For example, definitions could be made public
for one audience, private for another. Likewise Change notes. ( BTW I
have not previously come across the distinction bet History note and
Change note, but I'm finding it may be necessary for the IPSV that I am
currently working with. Users like to see one kind of note; system
administrators when implementing updates may like to see a different
type of note.)

That's all. Hope to get on to your other documents before long.

Stella Dextre Clarke
Information Consultant
Luke House, West Hendred, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8RR, UK
Tel: 01235-833-298
Fax: 01235-863-298

-----Original Message-----
From: Miles, AJ (Alistair) [mailto:A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk] 
Sent: 06 June 2005 15:58
To: SDClarke@lukehouse.demon.co.uk
Subject: SKOS Public Working Drafts

Hi Stella,

Just a note to say, if you have any comments on the first public working
draft editions of the SKOS Core Guide [1], Quick Guide to Publishing a
Thesaurus on the Semantic Web [2] and SKOS Core Vocabulary Specification
[3] it would be great if you could send them before June 30th.  

We have a second review scheduled for 17th July, after which we'll
publish revised working drafts, and your input (as always :) would be
very much appreciated.  I'm conscious that [2] in particular could be a
lot better, and your feedback on that would be especially helpful.

Feel free to pass this request for comments on to colleagues, especially
those working on GCL and related standards.



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-skos-core-guide-20050510/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-thesaurus-pubguide-20050517/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-skos-core-spec-20050510/

Alistair Miles
Research Associate
CCLRC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Building R1 Room 1.60
Fermi Avenue
Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
Email:        a.j.miles@rl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445440
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