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Forwarding a comment from SemTech...

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 08:32:19 +0200
To: Provenance Working Group <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <813E66D6-CFEB-4BDE-91AC-BB6A78991361@w3.org>
There was a presentation on Prov at SemTech, as you all know, done by Reza. There was a brief discussion regarding the relationship of Prov to Dublin Core, essentially asking why Prov uses its own Agent or Person and not the Dublin Core one. We told the commenter that there is a document coming up that makes connections and equivalences between the two. However, the persons (I think both were from governmental organizations) were not absolutely happy. Essentially, they said having, say, an owl equivalence set up between dct:Agent and prov:Agent is all good and does things on a theoretical level, but when a government agency has to choose which terms they want to use, it is very disturbing to have two formally defined one, and RDF environments do not necessarily handle owl equivalences. Ie, they would prefer if prov would simply use, say, dct:Agent outright, rather than having its own term (I have not checked whether there are more such 'equivalences' set up between DC and Prov, or whether all the others are subclasses/subproperties).

The argument is compelling, we should probably consider this. 

Cheers

Ivan

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