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RE: SemWeb in Guardian newspaper

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 11:10:35 -0800
Message-ID: <0E36FD96D96FCA4AA8E8F2D199320E520109C5EB@RED-MSG-43.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Eric Jain" <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>, "Lynn, James (Software Services)" <james.lynn@hp.com>
Cc: "rdf-interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

Yeah, you could have a "degree of relationship" property and a "type of
relationship" property.  In n-triples:

mailto:me foo:hasRelationship _b0 .
_b0 foo:relationshipWith mailto:you .
_b0 foo:relationshipType foo:professional .
_b0 foo:relationshipIntensity "20" .

However, I am very skeptical about how useful such taxonomies for
classification of intrapersonal relationships are.  Certainly they would
be more expressive than the black-white distinction in places like
Orkut, but it's arguable whether that increased expressiveness is
particularly more accurate representation of reality (intrapersonal
relationships are never precise or static).  And the utility of such
expressiveness is uncertain (what useful purpose could a software
application have for a query like "show me e-mail addresses of people I
am related to through foo:professional and > intensity 10?)

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[mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Eric Jain
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 5:58 AM
To: Lynn, James (Software Services)
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Subject: Re: SemWeb in Guardian newspaper

> If we were talking about natural language, we would use adverbs.
> I know him well.
> I hardly know him.
> I know him casually.
> In RDF, how can we constrain a predicate?

I guess you could attach the well-hardly-casually qualifier to the
statement itself, perhaps with a 'degreeOfKnowing' property. Or create
subproperties 'knowsWell' etc.
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