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Re: data integration by mapping concept schemes

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:45:34 +0200
Message-ID: <503D1FDE.2080706@few.vu.nl>
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Hi Thomas,

I am not 100% certain I get the constraints that you have on expressing "mappings" in your scenario.

You could have an OWL-based solution:
1. Define the set of concepts that belong to either concept scheme (collection, whatever)
   some:CityOrArea owl:equivalentClass  [
         owl:intersectionOf  ( skos:Concept
                               [ rdf:type            owl:Restriction ;
                                 owl:onProperty      skos:inScheme ;
                                 owl:someValuesFrom  [ owl:oneOf  ( a:cities b:areas )]  ]
       ] .
2. If you want to go one step beyond and "populate" a new concept scheme, you can create another axiom
   some:CityOrArea rdfs:subClassOf [ rdf:type            owl:Restriction ;
                                 owl:onProperty      skos:inScheme ;
                                 owl:someValuesFrom  [ owl:oneOf  ( c:citiesAndAreas )]  ]
I think that should do it. In any case I know there's something in OWL that does it.

As an alternative, you can "populate" directly your concept scheme with skos:inScheme statements using a SPARQL construct:
CONSTRUCT { ?c  skos:inScheme c:citiesAndAreas }
     { ?c skos:inScheme a:cities } UNION  { ?c skos:inScheme b:areas }

Does any of this address your need?



> Hi Antoine,
> my use case is data integration.
> Dataset A has defined concept scheme (or collection or subclass)
> a:cities as a value set.
> Dataset B has defined concept scheme (or collection or subclass) b:areas
> as a value set.
> Now I want to have some agent X to query both (and further) datasets.
> I want a query builder where users can pick cross-dataset search
> conditions from a list.
> To support this, X defines a concept scheme x:location which is the set
> union of a:cities and b:area.
> Each concept in x:location will have skos:inScheme a:cities and/or
> b:area, sure.
> The set of referred concept schemes can be inferred from this.
> But I would like to describe the intention in one explicit statement.
> This is why I am looking for a mapping relation between such subsets of
> concepts.
> Best regards,
> Thomas
> Am 22.08.2012 21:15, schrieb Antoine Isaac:
>> (3)
>> I'm not sure I get the question. If they exist, such mapping
>> properties could be very difficult to semantically define. Would a
>> concept scheme be broader, equivalent, narrower than another one?
>> Rather, I'd say that the property you're after indicates that some
>> concepts from these two concept schemes are connected. For this I
>> think one could use general linkage properties between datasets, such
>> as voiD's linksets [2].
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