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Re: Namespace needed for OWL rendering of Translational Medicine Ontology

From: Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 23:49:58 -0400
To: Colin Batchelor <BatchelorC@rsc.org>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20090918034958.GD15122@w3.org>
* Colin Batchelor <BatchelorC@rsc.org> [2009-09-17 14:28+0100]
> Hello,
> 
> The Translational Medicine Ontology activity of HCLS:
> 
> http://esw.w3.org/topic/HCLSIG/PharmaOntology/
> 
> is putting together an ontology.  Now, if we're to do this in OWL we need a namespace.
> 
> Is it going to be possible for the W3C to provide one for us?

http://www.w3.org/ns/ is allocated for namespaces. There is a defined
policy for using that area to back documents which are being published
as W3C technical reports. (If we don't publish a TR, we can almost
definitely use it anyways, but there's no precedent.)

We can also write put a namespace document (which would probably
include a schema and some promises about the stability) under
e.g. http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/hcls/ (or e.g. /2009/trans/). Since
namespaces and schemas are effectively social contracts about
stability, we may want to start development someplace and once we have
a sense that it will be stable, move to /ns. That will mean that
everyone who has existing code will have to fix it to use the new
namespace (the cost), but the development data won't leave misleading
statements around for production software to trip over later on.

Do these options sound like they meet our needs?

> Best wishes,
> Colin.
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