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Re: SKOS queries

From: Daniel Rubin <rubin@med.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 06:38:08 -0700
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To: Sean Bechhofer <sean.bechhofer@manchester.ac.uk>
Cc: Quentin Reul <qreul@csd.abdn.ac.uk>,Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>, SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

Sean--by "consistent" I mean that the semantics of the relation 
should be the same regardless of the context.  If the context affects 
the semantics of the relation, then that needs to be incorporated 
explicitly, such as by creating a hierarchy of relations. What 
troubles me is allowing different people to interpret a relation such 
as "narrower than" or "broader than" differently in different 
contexts--this will kill interoperability.


At 06:10 AM 9/28/2007, Sean Bechhofer wrote:

>On 27 Sep 2007, at 19:28, Daniel Rubin wrote:
>>I strongly believe that the semantics of all relations in SKOS are
>>musb be *consistent*--if this isn't the case, then users who want
>>to use SKOS terminologies/ontologies for reasoning will not be able
>>to do so. This is similar to the importance of every class in SKOS
>>having a single definition. If the semantics of relations and
>>meanings of classes are context-dependent, then those context
>>dependencies need to be incorporated in SKOS.
>I'm afraid I'm not sure I understand what you mean by consistent here.
>         Sean
>Sean Bechhofer
>School of Computer Science
>University of Manchester
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