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Redefine and reuse?

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:11:19 -0700
Message-ID: <51EDAE07.1010608@kcoyle.net>
To: "public-vocabs@w3.org" <public-vocabs@w3.org>
Hello. The schemaBibEx group is working to fill in some missing 
properties needed for bibliographic data, as well as some that are 
needed for library-specific data. Libraries have long existed in a data 
silo that has kept us apart from other information communities, so we 
are quite sensitive about the importance of reusing elements that have a 
broader context.

To this end, we have been looking at properties like "Offer" and "sku" 
to handle what libraries have to offer: lending of materials, online 
access, placing of requests (holds). What we are finding, though, is 
that in many cases the definitions of the schema.org terms are rather 
narrow. "Offer" is defined as:

"An offer to sell an item—for example, an offer to sell a product, the 
DVD of a movie, or tickets to an event."

This seems to eliminate offers to lend, to lease, or to barter, or to 
provide other services.

Our question to this group is: Is the community open to proposals 
regarding changes to definitions for terms already in schema.org? Do we 
anticipate that such changes would/would not be disruptive? Or is it 
preferred that we create new terms with new definitions?

Karen Coyle
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