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Re: prov-dm expression: a proposal to vote on (deadline Wednesday midnight GMT)

From: James Cheney <jcheney@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:01:16 +0000
To: Provenance Working Group WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
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0 - I think either "expression" or "record" is fine.  "Statement" would also be fine - in my view these are closer to declarative statements than "expressions" that you'd evaluate in a programming language.  "Record" might be confusing if the entities are also records, but this is true for "expression" and "statement" too.

--James
> 
> On 10/28/2011 03:17 PM, Luc Moreau wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Dear all,
>> 
>> In the interest of simplification, we would like to make the following
>> proposal about terminology in prov-dm.
>> 
>> The context:
>> 
>> Following this week's call, the prov-dm document will introduce
>> concepts such as entity and activity in section 2, and define 'entity
>> expression' and 'activity expression' in section 5.  In section 5 (see
>> table of contents of [1]), all terms of the data model have been
>> suffixed by the suffix 'expression', which allows us to distinguish
>> terms of the data model (i.e. what we say in provenance records) from
>> the things in the world.
>> 
>> 
>> The problem:
>> 
>> While this distinction is important, the choice of word is not ideal.
>> The suffix 'expression' has a strong connotation of language, and the reader may
>> think that we talk about expressions in the abstract syntax notation.
>> It's not the case!  We really mean elements of the data model.
>> 
>> Proposal:
>> Rename 'Entity Expression' into 'Entity Record'; similarly, rename 'XXX Expression' into 'XXX Record'.
>> 
>> Can you please express your support for this proposal by Wednesday
>> midnight GMT, and we will confirm it at the next teleconference.
>> 
>> Luc
>> 
>> [1] http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/prov/raw-file/default/model/ProvenanceModel.html
>> 
>> 
> 
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