[foaf-dev] alternate names for people

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Wed Jun 2 15:59:33 CEST 2010

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM, Houghton,Andrew <houghtoa at oclc.org> wrote:
> Multiple names are all variants.  When an "agent" chooses one it
> becomes the preferred name *for that agent*.  For example, the
> Library of Congress, an agent, may choose a preferred name from
> the list of variants, but the German National Library, an agent,
> may choose a different name from the list of variants.  Neither
> agent is wrong, that is why it's *preferred*.  So with *preference*
> there is some provenance that needs to be attached.

In skos this provenance for a label is normally limited to the
language, and the context of being attached to a particular concept in
a particular concept scheme. If you need to be able to annotate labels
more there is always the skos-xl extension [1].

So it sounds like there might be some preference (ahem) for modeling
Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain as distinct resources of type
foaf:Person, and then linking them together with some property? I
agree with Reto that owl:sameAs seems kind of strong here. Perhaps the
Linked Data community isn't too concerned with the logical
implications of owl:sameAs though?

I'm still not entirely convinced that this isn't a good use for
skos:altLabel or skosxl:altLabel.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/skos-reference/skos-xl.html

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