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Re: looking for an event ontology/vocabulary

From: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 06:48:03 +0100
Message-ID: <z9aUffDTQTcKFwHe@light.demon.co.uk>
To: Yves Raimond <yves.raimond@gmail.com>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, David Canos <davidcanos@gmail.com>, public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
In message <82593ac00907291409t57507d29u54a5d37a190692f@mail.gmail.com>, 
Yves Raimond <yves.raimond@gmail.com> writes
>>> The disjoint statement between agent and factor defines factors as
>>> something that doesn't have an active role in the event.
>> But are necessary for the event to take place? Or play a significant role in
>> the event, so that if they were not present, the event would have been
>> different? Or something?
>Sorry, missed that comment for some reason. In this ontology, events
>are "just" arbitrary classifications of space--time regions. Hence you
>can perfectly classify any such region ("I thought about RDF over the
>last ten years", "I was walking to the office from 8 to 9 this
>morning"). And yes, it is purposely loose.

Another ontology/vocabulary which is centred around events is the CIDOC 
CRM (Conceptual Reference Model). [1]  It is "a formal ontology intended 
to facilitate the integration, mediation and interchange of 
heterogeneous cultural heritage information", and comes out of the 
museums community. There is an OWL representation [2] which has been 
developed by a group at Erlangen-Nuremburg University.  It certainly 
doesn't lack definitions ;-)

I would be interested to hear what Linked Data folks make of it as a 
potential framework for expressing more general event-related 
assertions, i.e. going beyond its stated scope.  I would also value a 
more expert opinion than my own as to whether the current expression of 
the CRM (either the OWL or RDF [3] version) is "fit for purpose" as a 
Linked Data ontology.


[1] http://cidoc.ics.forth.gr/
[3] http://cidoc.ics.forth.gr/rdfs/cidoc_crm_v5.0.1.rdfs

Richard Light
Received on Thursday, 30 July 2009 05:49:52 UTC

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