[foaf-dev] foaf:topic and dcterms:subject

Danny Ayers danny.ayers at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 14:37:34 CEST 2009

2009/4/23 Dan Brickley <danbri at danbri.org>:

> You mean "domain" I think.


> They're a little different. DC's notion of subject is a relationship between
> a document(-like-object) and a subject code (think SKOS). FOAF's topic
> construct is a relationship between a document and the thing itself, ie. the
> thing the subject code itself represents. A specific restriction on
> foaf:topic is where the thing is the *primary* topic of the document, hence
> foaf:primaryTopic. So foaf:topic is useful even just as a primitive for
> defining foaf:primaryTopic, which allows us to use (some) documents as an
> indirect identification strategy for the things they describe.

Ok, so would I be right with this:

<docAboutSomeDogs> foaf:topic <#Basil>
<docAboutSomeDogs> dct:subject <dogs/B/Basil>
<docAboutSomeDogs> foaf:topic <#Sasha>
<docAboutSomeDogs> dct:subject <dogs/S/Sasha>


#Basil is his WebID
<dogs/B/Basil> a skos:Concept

(and will 303 to a doc about Basil)

but what would x here be?

<dogs/B/Basil> x <#Basil>

(couldn't see anything obvious with a quick re-skim of SKOS, which
surprised me a bit)



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