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PROV-ISSUE-150: question on formal semantics of role in wasGeneratedBy relation [Formal Semantics]

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PROV-ISSUE-150: question on formal semantics of role in wasGeneratedBy relation [Formal Semantics]


Raised by: Stephan Zednik
On product: Formal Semantics

I am slightly confused about the formal semantics of the role qualifier in a wasGeneratedBy relation.

from http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-dm/#prov-dm-overview

"Qualifiers can be associated to relations, namely use and wasGeneratedBy, in order to further characterize their nature. Role is a pre-defined qualifier."

and from http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-dm/#expression-qualifier

"The PROV data model introduces the qualifier role in the PROV-DM namespace to denote the function of a characterized thing with respect to an activity, in the context of a use/generation/control relation. The value associated with a role attribute must be conformant with Literal."

I have sensed confusion in the prov-o discussions as to whether the role in a generation is played by the process execution or the generated entity.  Can a generated entity play a role in the activity that generates it?  Can a process execution play a role, that is be the characterized thing that has a function in an activity?  Does the definition of role need to be changed?

I know discussion of role has taken up a lot of time, this sure has turned out to be a tricky issue, but I think getting qualifiers right is worth it.

There is an example in the primer, http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/prov/raw-file/default/primer/Primer.html#roles-1, but I am not sure if it is representative of the intent for role on a generation relation.

   prov:hadQualifiedGeneration [ a prov:Generation ;
       prov:hadQualifiedEntity ex1:aggregate1 ;
       prov:hadRole ex1:aggregatedData
   ] .

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