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Re: How to link to Companies House (UK) data?

From: Matt Wallis <matt@solidarityeconomics.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:37:27 +0000
To: public-lod@w3.org
Message-ID: <b7741d7b-1ac6-1b12-04f1-fe13f36c9558@solidarityeconomics.org>
On 13/01/2017 12:58, Brian McBride wrote:
> On 13/01/17 10:48, Phil Archer wrote:
> [...]
>> The latter is a reference to the ORG Ontology, 
>> https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-org/ which is what you probably want. So 
>> I'd do this:
>> <http://business.data.gov.uk/id/company/08209948> a 
>> org:FormalOrganization, my:Thing .
> My reading of Matt's message is that he is trying to link *instances* 
> of my:Thing to instances in the Companies House RDF, viz:
>    my:object a my:Thing .
>    my:object predicate 
> <http://business.data.gov.uk/id/company/08209948> .
Yes, I do want to link instances. Looking now again at Phil Archer's 
suggestion, above, I see (if I understand it correctly) that it does not 
say which instance of my:Thing is linked to 
> Matt:  amongst the predicates you might use is:
>   my:object owl:sameAs <http://business.data.gov.uk/id/company/08209948> .
> This is a very strong statement in that it says the your object is 
> identical to the thing identified by the Companies House URL. Every 
> property of my:object is also a property of the companies house 
> resource and vice versa.  There is the possibility that there could be 
> subtle modelling differences between your object and the Companies 
> House one.  If that is the case, don't use owl:sameAs.
 From previous reading, I am cautious about using owl:sameAs. It may 
turn out that this is the correct relationship, but I won't use it 
unless I am absolutely sure.
> An alternative is:
>   my:object rdfs:seeAlso 
> <http://business.data.gov.uk/id/company/08209948> .
> This is a much, much weaker statement.  rdfs:seeAlso provides a link 
> but with no formal meaning.  Its definition says:
> [[
> that is used to indicate a resource that might provide additional 
> information about the subject resource.
> ]]
> So if you want to make an assertion when you make the link, 
> rdfs:seeAlso doesn't cut it.
> Neither of these is UK specific.
> Others on the list may provide further suggestions with more suitable 
> meaning.  A good thing to think about would be "what am I trying to 
> say when I assert this link".
What I am trying to assert is that one can expect to find information 
about the formal company registration of a particular instance of 
my:Thing. I want to provide the link so that properties of the company 
registration can be retrieved for a particular instance of my:Thing. I 
want it to be specifically about company registration, so I think 
rdfs:seeAlso is too general.
> owl:sameAs says roughly - "these URIs identify exactly the same thing".
> rdfs:seeAlso says roughly - "retrieving this link might get you more data"
> Brian
Thank you for your help.

Matt Wallis
Institute for Solidarity Economics
Received on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:38:05 UTC

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