[rdfweb-dev] Relationship Schema Updated

Ian Davis iand at internetalchemy.org
Fri Mar 19 12:00:08 UTC 2004

Hi Jan,

On Friday, March 19, 2004, 10:23:37 AM, Jan Grant wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Mar 2004, Ian Davis wrote:

>> > How do you use "Parent" to describe foster relationships? With a
>> > qualifer of some sort, which is one of the things I've been working out
>> > here, with helpful suggestions from other list members.

>> Parent is the general form of any parental relationship. It can be
>> specialised, but in it's present form it can be used to describe these
>> relationships. The comment in the schema is "A person who has given
>> birth to or nurtured and raised this person."  Do you have any
>> suggestions on making that less culturally biased?

> Yes. It's saying an absent father (or sperm donor) is not a parent.
Good point.

> If you want to acknowledge subjective bias then you could always define
> the "parent" relationship as "the parent as recognised by the author of
> the assertion".

If possible I would prefer to avoid circular references in the
descriptions. How about "A person who has begot, given birth to or nurtured and raised this person."


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