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Subject: Re: [humanmarkup-comment] Re: [humanmarkup] Base Schema - measurement-part 2

I think this is a good idea. I would like to hear more about how to 
adopt it. For one thing, we need a way to clearly describe the 
hierarchy of these abstract values. Would an rdf schema be better, to 
which we could refer or use in preference to the xsd elements for 
this aspect of asserting values for subjective measurements? This is 
a question not a suggestion? However, I will look for you on YahooIM 
tomorrow morning my time, before the meeting if you have any further 
ideas then that you don't get around to today.


At 9:31 PM +0300 9/17/02, Emmanuil Batsis (Manos) wrote:
>Hi James,
>Absolutelly. We need a hierarchy composed of abstract properties to 
>be used as a toolkit for totally subjective measurments; such an 
>approach is the only way to provide reusable base for vertical 
>applications (== subjective).
>I would be interested to hear opinions on whether doing such a 
>hierarchy should climb to the point where properties are aware of 
>types such as primitives (as known from programming languages) or 
>even further.
>Personally, I would favour implementation-independent ranges (types) 
>for these properties to be aware of. Sets for example (such RGB 
>color values). Such design techniques can proove usefull to fallback 
>mechanisms without having to deal with 
>platform/implementation/application specific requierments.
>If one needs XSD like types, he/she can always import them and 
>extend them; we don't have to reinvent the wheel. Let's try to 
>inovate a little...
>James Landrum wrote:
>>Point here is that "measurement" is not the same as "measurement_unit"
>>Measurement is the action of measuring or the result of applying a 
>>unit of measure to an object or subject, based on a measurement 
>>standard (or measurement_unit), expressed most often numerically, 
>>i.e., quantitatively, and more often these are scientifically 
>>"objective" data.  Measurement can can also be expressed 
>>qualitatively, e.g., high, medium, low, short, long, happy, sad, 
>>depressed, manic, etc., and the qualitative measurement is often 
>>more subjective, rather than objective.

Rex Brooks
Starbourne Communications Design
1361-A Addison, Berkeley, CA 94702 *510-849-2309
http://www.starbourne.com * rexb@starbourne.com

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