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Re: [vcard] OWL or RDF for vCard?

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 23:35:43 -0500
Message-ID: <45C8059F.1060602@musc.edu>
To: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
CC: "'Semantic Web'" <semantic-web@w3.org>, Brian Suda <brian.suda@gmail.com>, Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>

Harry Halpin wrote:
> In detail, these are the only parts of OWL used are cardinality
> constraints [1], while in the original vCard/RDF[2] it was implied that
> not having these sort of constraints was not a bug, but a feature:
>
> So, do we need these? Or do they complicate things? If we have
> cardinality constraints they allow us "round-tripping" without loss of
> data, but if don't have them them people can have much more flexible
> names and organizations and the like, and keep vCard in RDF/S as opposed
> to OWL.
>   
Why not create two ontologies, with the second one (with cardinality 
constraints) further constraining the first one (those without)?  So, 
when people use the vCard, they can use the rdfs:isDefinedBy to suggest 
to an RDF engine if additional constraints should be retrieved or not?

I am a firm believer of ontology modularization.  I think we should 
avoid build large monolithic ontology at all cost. We should build 
ontologies on small scales.  Doing so will help users to pick and mix 
also it will help ontology's graceful evolution. 

Xiaoshu
Received on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 04:39:20 UTC

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