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Re: [ISSUE-77] [ISSUE-48] Re: [Dbpedia-discussion] Skos subject properties are deprecated

From: Simon Spero <sesuncedu@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:26:11 -0500
Cc: Mikael Nilsson <mikael@nilsson.name>, Bernard Vatant <bernard.vatant@mondeca.com>, Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, dbpedia-discussion@lists.sourceforge.net, SKOS <public-esw-thes@w3.org>
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To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>

On Jan 24, 2008, at 9:08 AM, Richard Cyganiak wrote:

> Like skos:subject, dcterms:subject seems to be intended for use on  
> documents, not people or cities. Hence it doesn't really meet  
> DBpedia's requirements.

The meaning of "document" in this context is extremely broad;  if we  
follow  Otlet's definition of a document as anything which can convey  
information to an observer(Buckland 1997),  the term would seem to  
cover anything which can have a subject.

By this standard, timbl is a document, but only when someone's looking.


Buckland, Michael K. “What is a ?document.” Journal of the American  
Society for Information Science 48, no. 9 (1997): 804-809.   http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~buckland/whatdoc.html
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