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In case others had the same ?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syntactic_sugar

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On 5/4/13 1:44 AM, Stuart Yeates wrote:
> As I read it, 
> http://bibframe.org/documentation/annotations/20130430.html attempts 
> to solve two problems (a) lightweight representation of non-canonical 
> bibliographic metadata and (b) knowing which RDF triples should be 
> exchanged in inter-operability processes. I say 'As I read 
> it' because the document appears to contain no explicit statement of 
> the problem(s) it is attempting to address.
>
> (a) I agree that a lightweight representation is likely to be 
> necessary, but this is not it. Introducing semantically new 
> RDF properties into bibframe, the current scheme introduces a 
> complexity burden on every bibframe-compliant tool, in perpetuity. A 
> very similar representation could have been achieved by using OWL to 
> create syntactic sugar RDF properties (potentially in combination with 
> selected Open Annotation, SIOC, etc. properties, if necessary). These 
> would appear to users just like normal properties, but allow tools 
> which didn't care about them to use only the existing properties. This 
> would also avoid drawing an artificial line in the sand between 
> reviews that are Works and reviews that aren't. Given that reviews 
> range continuously from stars-of-out-three to 
> three-volume dissertations, it's hard to imagine that every library is 
> going to get that right every time. Syntactic sugar RDF properties 
> would let us treat reviews as Works when we wanted to and only then.
>
> (b) There is an already implemented and optimized technology for 
> organizing large sets of RDF triples of divergent provenance and 
> lifecycles, called 'Named Graphs.' As far as I can tell it is an idea 
> solution for dealing with the fact that some of the content is 'core' 
> bibliographic content from a consortia; some is user contributed data 
> under a custom license; some is commercially licensed cover images; 
> some is harvested from wikipedia; some is local cataloging of unique 
> items; some is temporary cataloging of recently received items; etc.
>
> cheers
> stuart
>
>

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