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Deprecating owl:sameAs

From: Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:01:15 -0400
To: Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>, SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <56FE711B.8050706@csarven.ca>
There is overwhelming research [1, 2, 3] and I think it is evident at 
this point that owl:sameAs is used inarticulately in the LOD cloud.

The research that I've done makes me conclude that we need to do a 
massive sweep of the LOD cloud and adopt owl:sameSameButDifferent.

I think the terminology is human-friendly enough that there will be 
minimal confusion down the line, but for the the pedants among us, we 
can define it along the lines of:

The built-in OWL property owl:sameSameButDifferent links things to 
things. Such an owl:sameSameButDifferent statement indicates that two 
URI references actually refer to the same thing but may be different 
under some circumstances.


[1] https://www.w3.org/2009/12/rdf-ws/papers/ws21
[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/ontologies/coreconcepts#terms_sameAs
[3] http://schema.org/sameAs

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