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Re: differentFrom?

From: Tom Scott <tascott@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:50:27 +0000
Message-ID: <d3b9cc030911140750k724ed939y3e933bf5ef9e6787@mail.gmail.com>
To: Simon Reinhardt <simon.reinhardt@koeln.de>
Cc: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
On 14 Nov 2009, at 12:31, Simon Reinhardt <simon.reinhardt@koeln.de>
wrote:

> Richard Light wrote:
>> Hugh Glaser's sameAs.org site [1] provides a facility for finding
>> multiple URIs for the same concept.  How about a site which does
>> the opposite: indicates where URIs refer to _different_ concepts?
>> Obviously, this is only helpful where you might be tempted to
>> assume that the concepts are identical, e.g. because the same word
>> or phrase is used to describe/identify both.
>> Wikipedia's disambiguation pages are doing this job for human
>> readers: is there a Linked Data equivalent?
>
> I've experimented with this in my FOAF file: basically I provided
> descriptions of other people with the same or similar names as me
> (homepages etc, whatever I know about them, preferably IFPs) and
> then declared them to be owl:differentFrom me.


I could see using this to distinguish different species with the same
common name (which happens a lot between countries) as useful.
Especially because most people will know a species by it's local
common name rather than it's binomial name.


> In the end I removed it again because I like to keep this a bit
> fuzzy for privacy reasons. ;-)
>
> Other use cases... hmmm. Maybe product descriptions where you have
> lots of slightly different versions of a product that might get
> confused.
>
> I definitely think it's useful for Linked Data purposes, just like
> owl:sameAs, IFPs and everything that Allemand and Hendler describe
> as RDFS-Plus (although they don't include owl:differentFrom in that).
>
> Regards,
> Simon
>
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