Re: reviewer feedback on prov-o ontology

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Hi Luc,

Here and in other threads I'm not sure what you mean by non-aligned.  As discussed concerning ISSUE-253, there are lots of other things that can be said using the RDF vocabulary that don't necessarily correspond to things that can be said in DM syntax.  But so what?  How does this harm interoperability?  What property do you expect that isn't established here (e.g. some kind of roundtripping property).

I think it is interesting to make this explicit so that we can try to achieve it (or agree whether it's achievable/desirable).


On Feb 23, 2012, at 2:41 PM, Luc Moreau wrote:

> Hi Jim,
> I didn't say it was a bug. I said it was not aligned.
> It's a feature, maybe, but that's not expressible in prov-dm, which means
> that other implementations e.g. java, xml, or whatever would not understand that feature.
> So, from an ontological viewpoint, a nice feature, but one that does not help with
> interoperability.
> Luc
> On 02/23/2012 02:21 PM, Jim McCusker wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM, Luc Moreau <> wrote:
>> Furthermore, the ontology allows for instances of involvements to be expressed, without
>> specifying its subclass (Usage, Generation, etc). This is not aligned with the data model.
>> This is a feature, not a bug. Even if Involvement were defined as equivalent to the union of subclasses, it would still be possible (and consistent) to assert that something is an Involvement without saying what the subclass is. We simply wouldn't know. 
>> Jim
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