[foaf-dev] alternate names for people

Houghton,Andrew houghtoa at oclc.org
Wed Jun 2 16:10:04 CEST 2010

> From: foaf-dev-bounces at lists.foaf-project.org [mailto:foaf-dev-
> bounces at lists.foaf-project.org] On Behalf Of Ed Summers
> Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 10:00 AM
> To: Foaf-dev at lists.foaf-project.org
> Subject: Re: [foaf-dev] alternate names for people
> 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?

Personally I agree that owl:sameAs it too strong a relationship.  It is 
unfortunate that OWL doesn't have an owl:equivalentIndividual.

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

The point I was making in my prior message was that using skos:prefLabel 
is a statement by a resource describer as to *their* preference, which 
may not be the same statement anybody else might make.  Therefore, 
attaching provenance to that statement would be a useful thing, no matter 
what the mechanism, thus allowing applications to make more intelligent


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