Re: ISSUE-140: Last Call Comment: notations

Hi all,

Here's a draft response to Michael on ISSUE-140, comment welcome.

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Dear Michael,

Many thanks for your detailed and helpful comments. With regard to
your comments below:

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 11:45:42AM +0000, SWD Issue Tracker wrote:
> ISSUE-140: Last Call Comment: notations
> Raised by: Alistair Miles
> On product: SKOS
> Raised by Michael Schneider in [1]:
> """
> This comment is certainly too late, now that the document is in Last Call. But
> let me at least state that it confuses me to have both skos:note and
> skos:notation, and they have such a different meaning! Also, I never heard
> somebody calling the thing discussed here a "notation". I call it a "key", and
> "skos:key" sounds pretty good, IMHO.

We agree that skos:notation and skos:note sound similar and
potentially confusing. However, "notation" is a widely used term in
the knowledge organisation field, especially with classification
schemes, and hence "skos:notation" was chosen to be intuitive to this
community. We propose to make no change, can you live with the current

> I don't see a discussion why there is no rdfs:domain given for notations. Are
> notations intended to be used with every resource, or only with skos:ConceptS?
> In any case, something should be said.
> """

We propose to make an editorial change to the SKOS Reference, adding a
note in section 6 explaining that no domain is stated for
skos:notation. Would this be acceptable?

Kind regards,


> [1]

Alistair Miles
Senior Computing Officer
Image Bioinformatics Research Group
Department of Zoology
The Tinbergen Building
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281993

Received on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 14:43:43 UTC