A murder of crows
seaman at noao.edu
Wed Nov 21 10:35:57 PST 2007
> a 'vocabulary' turns into a 'thesaurus' as soon as you add broader/
> narrower relations between the terms. Thus^2 whatever arguments
> there are for multiple vocabularies are also arguments for multiple
So the actual thesaurus is an emergent structure consisting of the
whole stack of vocabularies? Zero thesauri would be fine by me.
(Even better than collective, plural, or singular is "null".)
> Those arguments are to do with audience (expert vs. non-expert) and
> previous investments (three important journals already have actual
> resources tagged with actual vocabulary items).
So there are a number of curated vocabularies, one of which (the "IAU
Thesaurus") is called a thesaurus, but is actually a vocabulary like
all the rest?
As far as audience, we should refer to our work products by names
designed to reach the non-experts. Experts will be able to use their
own inner thesauri to sort out issues of imprecise use of technical
nomemclature, while non-experts would only be be confused and turned
off on VO by having to use bizarre terms of crafts not their own.
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