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

From: Luc Moreau <l.moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:17:34 +0200
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To: W3C provenance WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>

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.

/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.


[1] http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/prov/raw-file/default/model/ProvenanceModel.html
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