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Re: looking for an event ontology/vocabulary

From: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:34:09 +0100
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To: Sean Gillies <sean.gillies@gmail.com>
Cc: public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
In message <D917EB87-3724-4685-BA74-75C24666F35E@gmail.com>, Sean 
Gillies <sean.gillies@gmail.com> writes

>There's much to like about CRM -- not the least of which is the active 
>and helpful community -- but I've concluded that it's overly 
>normalized for what I'm trying to do, which is to link data about 
>ancient inscriptions to data about places of the classical world. 
>Inscriptions are found or observed at places, but in the CRM this 
>relationship is always mediated by an event: an inscription is 
>discovered during a "finding event", which occurred at some place. We 
>are not ready to mint resources for all these events, most of which 
>will never be reused, and so we're bypassing and using non-CRM 
>properties to relate inscriptions and places.

Well, this is sort of where we came in - wanting an event ontology.

It's worth noting that within the CRM itself there is a practice of 
declaring "short-cuts" to finesse over-complex relationships, replacing 
them by a custom property (e.g. property "P130 shows features of" is a 
short-cut for "P15 was influenced by" in the context of an event).

In the specific case you cite, the problem may be not so much to do with 
the need to record events as to do with objects vs. places: there is the 
property "P128 carries (is carried by)" which relates a physical 
man-made thing to an information object.  So inscriptions on objects are 
catered for, but then you have to bring in additional machinery to 
associate the object with the place where it was found, which is what 
you are really interested in.

Richard Light
Received on Thursday, 30 July 2009 12:34:51 UTC

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