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suggested resolution ISSUE-532

From: Paul Groth <p.t.groth@vu.nl>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:31:08 +0200
Message-ID: <CAJCyKRoW5YWcr4thhhiaoXE0w9ko4wLj_i5Y8ZGTaO0S2v-W-Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Freimuth, Robert, Ph.D." <Freimuth.Robert@mayo.edu>
Cc: public-prov-comments@w3.org
Dear Robert

Thank you for your comment. Below is the suggested resolution. You can
find any suggested changes in the latest editor's draft at


ISSUE-532 (Role)
"Role should be allowed for delegation so the relationship between the
delegate and the responsible entity can be specified."

Original email:

Tracker: http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/track/issues/532

Group Response
- The Working Group has given careful consideration to roles in PROV.
We considered allowing roles in all relations. A problem with such a
permissive approach is that it is not clear who is playing the role.
For instance, if a role is added to delegation, which agent is
assuming that role: the delegate or the responsible?
- For the example of delegation, the group suggests using the
attribute "prov:type" if a subtype of the relation needs to be
specified, e.g. contractual delegation.

- For a history of the debates: see http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/track/issues/384
- For a group resolution on this matter: see:
- For the final definition: see

Changes to the document: none.
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