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vocabularies to consider

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 23:00:03 +0200
Message-ID: <45427353.9060501@few.vu.nl>
To: SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>


If there is need for testing SKOS against specific vocabularies, we 
(STITCH project) can contribute with a number of vocabulary cases that 
will either nicely fit into the current framework, stretch it to its 
maximum or go quite beyond what it can do. Unsurprisingly, given my 
background, they come from cultural heritage (esp.libraries) world.

The Dutch basic classification [1] is a general classification aimed at 
categorizing books against general disciplines. It is primary intented 
for Dutch organizations, but contains English labels (not in the pdf 
file, but in the electronic sources). This is a quite simple KOS.

The Iconclass classification scheme [2] is a (large) classification 
scheme aimed at describing the content of images (with a bias towards 
european classic culture). Its structure is quite rich: especially, it 
allows for (controlled) extension by compound concepts (using kinds of 
qualifiers) and contains links between alternative labels, two 
acknowledged weaknesses [3] of current SKOS.

I would also be interested (and therefore could experiment with) the UDC 
classification[4], which has been recently been mentioned a number of 
times on the SKOS mailing list.

These vocabularies come from our ground material, they can be related to 
a hopefully wide range of use cases (at least in cases following pattern 
A and B from Alistair's slides). Which leads me to a question: would we 
have to partition our use cases? At a first glance I actually see two 
kinds of concerns:
- "functional" cases, detailing systems that exhibit specific 
behaviours, like alistair's patterns and sean use cases)
- "representational" cases, presenting specific vocabularies with 
features SKOS should (or should not) enable one to represent
It seems to me at that these two kinds of cases are quite orthogonal 
(e.g. we can search based on a complex vocabulary or a simple one) and 
therefore should be distinguished.



[1] http://www.kb.nl/vak/basis/bc04.pdf

[2] http://www.iconclass.nl

[3] http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core/proposals

[4] http://www.udcc.org/
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