[SKOS] labeling extension & scope of candidate recommendation

Hi all,

This email is a suggested clarification for the scope of the SKOS
reference, in particular with respect to the requirements that concern
more support for modeling and describing lexical entities.

Currently, SKOS does not include any built-in support for describing and
modeling lexical entities other than RDF plain literals [1].

A couple of months ago I began to sketch an extension to SKOS
at [2], which I previously called "SKOS-XL". I have recently made a few
cosmetic changes at [2] and added some more detail to the notes.

Hopefully, the sketch at [2] demonstrates that those more advanced
requirements concerning the description and modeling of lexical entities
could, in principle, be supported by one or more *extensions* to SKOS, 
which would
be compatible with the current SKOS Reference [1], and which could
either be published by this working group or by a third party.

Therefore, given our current timetable, I suggest that we consider
requirements concerning the modeling and description of lexical entities
other than RDF plain literals as out of scope for the SKOS candidate 
recommendation. If
after resolving our current list of issues the working group has any
time left over, we could consider publishing a suitable SKOS extension
supporting these requirements as a new work item. However, I suggest our
default position be to leave the definition of such an extension to
third parties in the SKOS community of use.

ACTION: Alistair to propose an approach to clarify which aspects of the 
extension module should be in scope for the candidate recommendation 
package. [recorded in 



[1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-skos-reference-20080125/>

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

Received on Monday, 3 March 2008 08:44:58 UTC