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Re: [ontolog-forum] Proper terminology for discussing controlled vocabul

To: Simon Spero <sesuncedu@xxxxxxxxx>
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From: Phil Murray <pcmurray2000@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:23:35 -0500
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Simon --    (01)

In practice, the parenthetical phrase is [often] the name of the top 
level of the facet to which the term belongs. Simply calling it a 
"qualifier" is good Z39 terminology, but I was trying to indicate its 
function/purpose.    (02)

I will consider myself properly chastised. (And I do thank you for being 
precise.)    (03)

You are right about Kathryn La Barre. (My work is one of her resources 
in her dissertation, but she's the expert.) Anything by Claudio Gnoli is 
also well worth reading.    (04)

       Phil    (05)

Simon Spero wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM, Phil Murray <pcmurray2000@xxxxxxxxx 
> <mailto:pcmurray2000@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     I have enjoyed your explanations, but in my experience controlled
>     vocabularies -- including ontologies -- can easily provide names
>     of concepts that are meaningful and useful to people, with little
>     risk of developers making grossly unwarranted assumptions -- for
>     example,
>          "train (mode of transportation)"
>     This is common practice in lexicography and knowledge
>     organization. The parenthetical phrase is a "facet" (in the
>     knowledge-organization/library science sense; perhaps not in the
>     KR sense). This practice seems to work well. Do others use it?
> The parenthetical phrase is a qualifier, not a facet . Quoting Z39.19:
>     The use of homographs as terms in a controlled vocabulary
>     sometimes requires clarification of their meaning through a
>     /qualifier/ (a "gloss" in linguistic terminology [actually, no it
>     isn't - ses] ). Such a gloss specifies the domain of meaning to
>     which the term belongs. A /qualifier/ is a word or words used with
>     a term to make the specific meaning unambiguous. The /qualifier/,
>     which is enclosed in parentheses, is part of the term.
> A facet, on the other hand, is an aspect or component of a compound 
> subject. For example, a faceted classification system for paints might 
> include a Color facet and a Material facet.  A very good overview of 
> the history of faceted classification can be found in the first parts 
> of Kathy La Barre's 2006 dissertation -
> The Use of Faceted Analytico-Synthetic Theory as Revealed in the 
> Practice of Website Construction and Design 
> <http://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/%7Eklabarre/facetstudy.html>
> Simon    (06)

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