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Re: IsDefinedBy [was: "meaningless terms" verbage for Primer]

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:15:36 +0200
Message-ID: <006201c2a1bf$081478a0$b29316ac@NOE.Nokia.com>
To: "RDF Core" <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>, "ext Brian McBride" <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>

[Patrick Stickler, Nokia/Finland, (+358 40) 801 9690, patrick.stickler@nokia.com]

> With regards to isDefinedBy, I think it would be fine for the primer to say 
> nothing about it.  If the WG felt that the primer would be enhanced by a 
> short description, I might suggest something along the lines of the 
> following would describe the WG's decision:
> [[
> It is often useful to indicate in an RDF graph where the definition of a 
> class or a property, or indeed any resource, may be found.  The 
> rdfs:isDefinedBy property may be used for this purpose.  This property may 
> be used to indicate an RDF Schema that describes the resource, however, RDF 
> imposes no constraints on the values this property.  If the resource that 
> is the value of such a property is retrieved from the web, it may be an RDF 
> Schema, but there is no guarantee that it will be.
> ]]

Interestingly, the text in the Vocabulary document would suggest that
any value of rdfs:isDefinedBy is expected to be an RDF schema, since
it is a subPropertyOf rdfs:seeAlso, which is described in the Vocabulary
doc as

The property rdfs:seeAlso is used to indicate a resource that might provide additional RDF information about the subject resource."

Perhaps "RDF" is there by accident? "RDF information" sure sounds like

an RDF Schema to me...

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