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Re: To use or not to use recommended metadata in a W3C ontology ?

From: Raphaël Troncy <raphael.troncy@eurecom.fr>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:15:09 +0100
To: Maxime Lefrançois <maxime.lefrancois@emse.fr>, SDW WG Public List <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5fc0228a-fb1b-b817-fc9c-980834368a31@eurecom.fr>
Hello,

> These best practices encourage among other to use vocabularies vann and
> voaf.

We are not talking about "importing" those vocabularies but to re-use 
some terms (properties to be more explicit) defined in those 
vocabularies in order to add useful metadata on the ontology and enable 
the ontology to be discoverable. This is a de-facto good practice that 
is being more and more embraced.

>> I would strongly suggest not to flood the users with all those different vocabularies such as
>> vann and voaf.  Many companies and government agencies cannot use products that include
>> parts that are not standardized or for which there is no clear (commercial) partner. A company
>> (or government agency) that wants to use our ontologies will have to learn and understand all
>> these other vocabularies and be able to offer support for them for 20+ years and they are not
>> going to do so. Keep in mind that what we are doing here is not a research project.

I'm not sure which industry and/or large government agencies you're 
representing or with whom you had this experience. My experience is 
different: for example, the largest government agencies in France (INSEE 
for the national statistical institutes, IGN for the national geographic 
institute, DILA for the administrative documentation) or in Europe (e.g. 
the legislation department having worked with the ELI ontology, also 
translated into a schema.org extension) have all embraced those 
vocabularies (vann and voaf) to make their vocabularies discoverable. 
They didn't express the concerns you're sharing. I'm also working with 
medium size industry who never voice those concerns. Mondeca, which 
worked for numerous clients since many years, might have more experience 
to share. Can you please detail who are those industry and government 
agencies who have expressed concerns and what those concerns were precisely?
Best regards.

   Raphaël

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