|From:||Ali SH <asaegyn+out@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:14:20 +0200|
Dear Matthew and Marcelino,|
In socially constructed domains, it may be the case that it is useful to model a concept with changing definitions through time.
Take for example the medical domain and the definition of a disorder X. In some authoritative medical journal or text at year YYYY, the disorder may be defined as containing certain characteristics. In some future edition of a similar authoritative text, what exactly counts as an X may evolve. It would then be useful / valuable / instructive to scope the definitions of X through time, and in so doing to capture how the different interpretations of X have been applied.
Such a scenario is quite common in regulatory and legal domains. A legal concept may be defined (and created) in some article of some legislation and it may be amended at a later date. Arguably, you could model this evolution as two distinct concepts, related by an amending action, though colloquially, the notion of say, "Tax Payer" would remain constant. Modeling the changing definitions of "Tax Payer" is definitely of use to the intended consumer of said legal concepts and from their point of view, there is only one concept under consideration.
In such a scenario, the concept of "Tax Payer" was created for a given jurisdiction due to a particular article / section of law, and the meaning of this term may change according to other pieces of legislation (or court decisions) as issued by the relevant legislative authorities in said jurisdiction. Should this jurisdiction (or geo-political entity) cease to exist, the concept of "Tax Payer" may consequently also cease to exist.
On Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM, Matthew West <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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