The Topic Topic

Sketch of the RDF/OWL/SKOS technology landscape for describing topics...

  • Masahide Kanzaki 6y

    nice summary. maybe missing 'subject' relation label on the bottom arrow (from HTML Regan to Concept Regan) ?
  • Pat Hayes PRO 6y

    OK, now I want to know what (the hell) a "conceptualization" is. Where should I start reading?
  • Leo Sauermann PRO 6y

    in which namespace is "it" defined?
  • Dan Brickley 6y

    @masaka - thanks, fixed in the original

    @pathayes - conceptualization is SKOS, which more or less is an RDF vocab for describing thesauri and similar things that are not quite directly understandable as class/property-based ontologies. See but please don't get too distracted by the "unit of thought" definition...

    @leobard ... i once proposed skos:it, but it was a bit premature. the relationship is not currently defined anywhere. If I persuade enough people it is useful, I'll put it into FOAF unless a better home appears...
  • Dan Brickley 6y

  • Ian Davis 6y

    I created a pair of properties and that might fill the role of "it" on your diagram
  • Dan Brickley 5y

    see also and related discussion
  • Martin Malmsten 5y

    So if we have two URIs for Ron (himself) we connect them with ... ?
  • Pat Hayes PRO 5y

    sameAs, I would say, gecko.
  • Dan Brickley 5y

    yes, owl:sameAs

    Is there a decent candidate spec for 'maybeSameAs' yet?
  • Pat Hayes PRO 5y

    NOt yet. We are trying to catch and preserve a few wild specimens in order to dissect them carefully, before trying the genetic engineering part. One insight (? maybe?) that is emerging is, chunks of published content are best thought of as having a touch of modality about them. So its not one huge WWRDFgraph, fully transparent.
  • Martin Malmsten 5y

    Ok, thanks re: sameAs. I'm asking because I'm currently revisiting our linked data implementation and want to link our "persons" to VIAF concepts and DBPedia ... things, among others, correctly.

    After seeing this I am thinking along the lines of
    Things and/as topics in LIBRIS by geckomarma
  • mlzeng 4y

    The pink area's legend may use the words "Conceptualizations (SKOS concepts)" or "Conceptualizations (@conceptScheme)" because SKOS itself does not conceptualize. --MZ
  • a houghton 4y

    Why is "US Presidents" a subclass of foaf:Person? Seem like "US Presidents" should be a foaf:Group and "Ronald Regan" a foaf:Person who is a foaf:member of the foaf:Group "US Presidents".
  • Michael Uschold 4y

    The class "US Presidents" should be called "US President" to have consistent number. Every US President is a Person, hence a subclass of Person.
  • Dan Brickley 4y

    Michael - I agree; the plural was a mistake. I'm suprised how much discussion this quick scribbled diagram has generated, and entertained to be be having it on Flickr.

    Regarding relationship between Group and Person, there has been a bit of discussion lately about using OWL2 punning to allow a Group to also be seen as a subclass of Person. This might allow for the idiom where a Group has worldly characteristics, like a chairperson or logo or hometown; but also for groups that are defined by membership criteria a la OWL. Bit of a hack though...
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