[foaf-dev] alternate names for people

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Wed Jun 2 03:55:29 CEST 2010

My apologies if this has come up before. Has anyone needed to model
alternate names for a foaf:Person before? The issue came up in a
thread on the openlibrary tech list discussing how to improve access
to author resources [1].

Consider Samuel Clemens, who was the author of Huckleberry Finn, and
whose name in "real life" was Samuel Clemens. Is it reasonable to riff
on the preferred label pattern in Leigh and Ian's Linked Data Patterns
[2] and use skos:altLabel here?

<http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL2119850A/> a foaf:Person ;
    foaf:name "Samuel Clemens" ;
    skos:altLabel "Mark Twain" .

Or is there another well trodden foafy way to do this? Karen Coyle and
George Oates over at openlibrary.org are seriously looking at using
foaf to model authors...and they are soliciting ideas on how to get it


[1] http://www.mail-archive.com/ol-tech@archive.org/msg00048.html
[2] http://patterns.dataincubator.org/book/preferred-label.html

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