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Re: SKOS comment: change of namespace (ISSUE-117)

From: Frederick Giasson <fred@fgiasson.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:33:26 -0400
Message-id: <488E02E6.8080301@fgiasson.com>
To: carlmattocks@checkmi.com
Cc: Alistair Miles <alistair.miles@zoo.ox.ac.uk>, 'Laurent LE MEUR' <laurent.lemeur@afp.com>, public-swd-wg@w3.org, public-esw-thes@w3.org

Hi Carl,

> IMHO as long contributor to standards - yes it makes sense. ...
> ... to change the URI of all classes and  properties because some
> properties and some classes changed their  semantic. .. mostly because to
> do otherwise would create massive editorial burden on KOS author'

Sure; no doubts about that. However this brings the question: who will 
get the burden of this decision. This is a legitimate question that has 
a different impact on different people.

I do think that if the entire namespace is changed, this put the burden 
on hundred, eventually thousands, and even (in the futre) hundred of 
thousands skos data publisher. If it is not, we put the burden on the 
ontology development team.

I have no strong feeling about this matter, and I ahve no impact on any 
decision. However this question interest me considering the increase of 
such situations in many projects.

So, the question is: should we tell to 500 developers on 500 projects to 
update their system, or to 20 or 30 people (in fact, there are only 2 
editors) to manage the development and evolution of the ontology? I fear 
the question is not that simple ;)

The problem with such "issues" is that I fear there is no answer to this 
question that can resolve all issues....

Take care,

Received on Monday, 28 July 2008 17:34:50 UTC

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