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RE: [SKOS]: [ISSUE 44] BroaderNarrowerSemantics

From: Daniel Rubin <rubin@med.stanford.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 13:22:44 -0800
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To: "Sini, Margherita (KCEW)" <Margherita.Sini@fao.org>, Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>,public-swd-wg@w3.org,public-esw-thes@w3.org

Sorry, but I disagree with the suggestion that people define 
transitivity for themselves. SKOS should not leave such things 
undefined--to do so guarantees people will have different semantics 
for SKOS properties which will prevent interoperability.


At 10:34 AM 12/17/2007, Sini, Margherita (KCEW) wrote:

>Ok seems also reasonable to me to allow users to define transitivity....
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>Subject: Re: [SKOS]: [ISSUE 44] BroaderNarrowerSemantics
>Thanks to all for this gentle schooling in how important the broader/narrower
>transitivity issue is--especially for the Library of Congress Subject
>Headings. I must admit, I had no idea that the broader/narrower semantics in
>LCSH were this flawed, and recognized as such even when they were first
>introduced in 1988 [1]. I suppose if the semantics around broader/narrower
>were declared to be transitive the SKOS representation of LCSH would simply
>be making explicit this implicit brokenness. Who knows it could be a tool for
>gradually improving LCSH along the lines that Margherita mentions...but the
>problems seem quite endemic.
>I'm curious though: what are the disadvantages of having SKOS say nothing
>about broader/narrower transitivity, and letting users define these triples
>if they are important for their application? This would allow looser KOS like
>LCSH to be represented in roughly the same way as more rigorous KOS.
>Developers who desired inferencing across broader/narrower could then add
>triples stating that transitivity. Is the perception that this would
>drastically reduce the interoperability of SKOS data, and if so how?
>[1] Dykstra, Mary. "LC Subject Headings Disguised as Thesaurus", Library
>Journal, March 1, 1988, p 42-46.
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