Re: [SKOS]: [ISSUE 44] BroaderNarrowerSemantics

Examples come up in biomedicine all the time. There are many 
terminologies with overlapping content. Suppose an application wants 
to infer the parts of the hand by combining two different 
terminologies and following "part-of" for example. If there isn't 
consistent semantics in transitivity of this relation, then that task 
is impossible. Same with "broader-than" if you want to reliably infer 
if any arbitrary pair of terms is broader/narrower.


At 01:29 PM 12/17/2007, Ed Summers wrote:

>On Dec 17, 2007 4:22 PM, Daniel Rubin <> wrote:
> > 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.
>I appreciate this point Daniel. Can you provide a concrete example of
>how interoperability would be disrupted?

Received on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 03:26:41 UTC