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[mhlava@accessinn.com: Re: ISSUE-146: Last Call Comment: broadMatch and skos:narrowMatch ?should be used only when there are no exact or close matches for ?the term elsewhere?]

From: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 10:04:08 +0000
To: public-swd-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20081202100408.GB24871@skiathos>

I Have this response from Margie Hlava on ISSUE-146 but don't see her
email in the public-swd-wg@w3.org archives, so am forwarding it there:

----- Forwarded message from Margie Hlava <mhlava@accessinn.com> -----

Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 09:28:23 -0700
To: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>,
	Margie Hlava <mhlava@accessinn.com>
From: Margie Hlava <mhlava@accessinn.com>
Subject: Re: ISSUE-146: Last Call Comment: broadMatch and
	skos:narrowMatch ?should be used only when there are no exact or close
	matches for ?the term elsewhere?
Cc: public-swd-wg@w3.org

Dear Alistair,

This is probably and appropriately a matter of semantics ;-) and emphasis

Both of these comments reflect the same concern.  In the thesaurus /  
taxonomy world the broader term narrower term relationship is key to  
creating a browse able classification, categorization or taxonomy.  It 
seems like to say - "elsewhere" was not a serious bow to this feature and 
perhaps lead to other standards development to truly accommodate this need. 
I can certainly live with it.  The question is should we and thereby 
encourage other groups to take the lead on this area?

Margie Hlava

At 02:24 AM 11/6/2008, Alistair Miles wrote:
> Dear Margie,
>
> Thank you for you support and your helpful comments. In response to
> your comment below:
>
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 12:00:44PM +0000, SWD Issue Tracker wrote:
> >
> >
> > ISSUE-146: Last Call Comment: broadMatch and skos:narrowMatch should 
> be used only when there are no exact or close matches for the term 
> elsewhere?
> >
> > http://www.w3.org/2006/07/SWD/track/issues/146
> >
> > Raised by: Alistair Miles
> > On product: SKOS
> >
> > Raised by Margie Hlava in [1]:
> >
> > """
> > This is excellent work and generally a map can be made from a ANSI/NISO or
> > a BSI or even and ISO thesaurus or controlled vocabulary standard to 
> SKOS.
> > However there are still a few confusions which prevent one from insuring
> > complete interoperability from one to another.  This is represented by the
> > section 10. Mapping Properties
> >
> > skos: broadMatch and skos:narrowMatch should be used only when there are
> > no exact or close matches for the term elsewhere?
>
> Questions of best practice such as this are deemed out of scope for
> the SKOS Reference. We hope that answers to questions such as this
> will emerge in the future within the community of practice, in
> response to implementation experience. We propose to make no change to
> the SKOS Reference, can you live with this?
>
> > A taxonomic view of a thesaurus depends on the broader term narrower term
> > relationships.  To SKOS this is not as important as the synonym (also 
> known
> > as equivalence) relationships.  The parent child, genus species, broader
> > narrower term designations allows browse-able or navigational search.  
> This
> > technique has taken much of the information industry  by storm for the 
> last
> > couple of years.  To allow this only as an after thought in SKOS is to
> > marginalize an important area in findability.
>
> We believe the SKOS Reference makes no judgment as to the relative
> importance of the different types of relationship. Can you live with
> the document as-is?
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Alistair
> Sean
>
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-swd-wg/2008Sep/0055.html
>
> --
> Alistair Miles
> Senior Computing Officer
> Image Bioinformatics Research Group
> Department of Zoology
> The Tinbergen Building
> University of Oxford
> South Parks Road
> Oxford
> OX1 3PS
> United Kingdom
> Web: http://purl.org/net/aliman
> Email: alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk
> Tel: +44 (0)1865 281993


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Alistair Miles
Senior Computing Officer
Image Bioinformatics Research Group
Department of Zoology
The Tinbergen Building
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PS
United Kingdom
Web: http://purl.org/net/aliman
Email: alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281993
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