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Re: State of SSN: arguments in favour of a single name and namespace, proposal, the SEAS example, proposal of action

From: Rob Atkinson <rob@metalinkage.com.au>
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2017 22:31:29 +0000
Message-ID: <CACfF9LwxH15fpvZw1Ws_=Cw=npz-1mKwWXGE4x9Z4Y0ahGQdtA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Maxime Lefran├žois <maxime.lefrancois@emse.fr>, janowicz@ucsb.edu, Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>, Kerry Taylor <kerry.taylor@anu.edu.au>, Armin Haller <armin.haller@anu.edu.au>, SDW WG Public List <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>, "Cox, Simon (CESRE, Kensington)" <Simon.Cox@csiro.au>
Are we sometimes confusing "using two namespaces" with "define each object
in each namespace" ?

I think we are fine to have a namespace for SSN, and still use SOSA
namespace in SSN, and add OWL axioms to reinfoirce SOSA descriptions.

The distinct SSN namespace allows SSN to introduce addition terms (to
handle name equivalence, actual subclass specialisations, terms not covered
in SOSA).

if we find a sosa: thing in instance data, we should know its consistent
with SOSA semantics, and if we are fully aware we can use SSN axioms to
validate it.

My concern is whether we should modularise into SOSA, SOSA-OWL and SSN
extensions to simplify interpretation. SSN can import SOSA-OWL, SOSA-OWL
can be accessed using content negotiation on the SOSA namespace. IMHO that
takes one piece of magic knowledge away from the user - how to find SSN
given SOSA terms, to use OWL reasoning on it.


On Sun, 5 Feb 2017 at 21:58 Maxime Lefran├žois <maxime.lefrancois@emse.fr>

> Dear Jano,
> +1. And there are other reasons as well, namely the branding for
> instance.  We anticipate a large user base for SOSA (substantially larger
> than (full) SSN). We want SOSA to be a recognizable product and end users
> will assume that they can refer to it by its own namespace, look up the
> namespace at prefix.cc., and so on (see also Josh's argument).
> The argument that could convince me is the one from Simon [1].  I'll add:
> given SSN will import SOSA, then it *will also* talk about actuators and
> sampling. Furthermore, because SSN adds axioms to e.g., sensors, and for
> completeness reasons, I would vote for SSN to include axioms for actuators
> and sampling. Hence I agree that SSN as a name might become too restrictive
> for an ontology where actuators and sampling became so much important.
> So to make it clear, I am still in favor of a single name and namespace. I
> could live with any mention of SSN being renamed "SOSA Full", and:
>  - the new ssn namespace being dropped
>  - the old ssn namespace redirect to an ontology document that imports
> SSN full and defines alignment with sosa terms.
> Lets follow the KISS principle and do what the vast majority of end users
> would expect. The more we add, the more we have to explain, the more has to
> be maintained, the more can be misunderstood, and so on. Finally, we would
> also all need to fully understand the other proposal, discuss it, compare
> it with current practice, anticipate whether this will be the mainstream
> approach in the future (as we hope SOSA/SSN will be around for many years
> to come), and so on.
> As a user of what will come out of this working group, I must warn you
> that in its current state, SOSA appears to me as arbitrarily incomplete,
> uncoherent, and therefore unuseful. To name but a few that are listed at
> [2]:
>  1. there is no relation between feature of interest and observable
> property
>  2. links exist between observation/sensor and feature of
> interest/observable property, but there exists no parallel link with
> actuation/actuator and feature of interest/observable property
>  3. why is phenomenonTime a object property whereas resultTime is a
> datatype property ? This is counter confusing because they both end with
> "time".
>  4. there is the Result for observation/actuation, but there is nothing to
> describe the Command of the actuation.
>  5. there is no link between the actuator/sensor and the procedure it
> implements
>  6. result time could be replace with prov:generatedAtTime
>  7. there is invokedBy/invokes for actuators, but there is only
> madeObservation for sensors
>  8. domain of isFeatureOfInterestOf includes only feature of interest, but
> range of inverse property hasFeatureOfInterest includes both feature of
> interest and sample.
>  9. actuation and observation are in some "virtual box" one could give a
> proper name to, such as "Procedure execution"
>  10. actuator and sensor are in some "virtual box" one could give a proper
> name to, such as "Procedure executor"
>  11. to me one should keep sosa:hasResult but delete sosa:Result,
> sosa:resultTime and sosa:hasValue.
> The core modules of the SEAS ontologies are already some kind of
> generalization of SSN and look very similar to SOSA without the
> aforementioned uncoherences. I could also try to push my own solution as
> "the new standard", but I won't. I believe in team work, discussion and
> consensus.
> If we accept to solve these problems, then I already agreed to update the
> SEAS ontologies so that they are built on top of SOSA. This would
> indirectly make the SEAS implementations become implementations for SOSA
> [3]. Otherwise, I won't be part of the user base.
> Other proposals for mimicking SSN for actuators exist in the wild, see
> [4]. I believe we want to attract the users base of this ontology too.
> Let's not experiment. We already agreed on two URLs and two files, let's
> go with two clear namespaces as well and move to the pressing problems we
> need to sort out before we run out of time. These discussions really
> distract us. There is *no* damage in using two namespaces but there is
> clear damage from having an incomplete product by the end of the month.
> I'm not experimenting here. I really hope the work I do can help the group
> move forward by:
>  - having proper turtle documents that, when you look at them, can trigger
> the idea that SOSA and SSN were written by the same group;
>  - specifying properly how the w3c server should serve the different
> documents;
>  - identifying issues in SOSA and help solving them.
>  - being able to do agile modifications to implement right away any
> suggestion so that we discuss on products that are ready to be delivered
> (Agile).
> [1] - https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-sdw-wg/2016Nov/0051.html
> [2] -
> https://github.com/maximelefrancois86/sdw/tree/one-namespace/ssn/one-namespace
> [3] - http://seas.asema.com/
> [4] - http://www.irit.fr/recherches/MELODI/ontologies/SAN#
> Best,
> Maxime
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