Property description

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Semantic MediaWiki 2.4.0 introduced the "Has property description" special propery12 as declarative method to describe a property in a localized context to help users understand the concept, limitation, and intention of that property and its assigned values.

Sometimes the concept of a property can not always be inferred from its canonical name and while a property label or key maybe semantically linked to the instance it represents (e.g. "Capital of" to identify the capital of a country), it can also just be an arbitrary collection of strings (e.g. P020).

Independent of the method on how to label a property, it is recommended that its usage is clarified to the audience by describing its nature or meaning and hereby reduces inadequate application or inconsistent interpretations.

See also


  1. ^  Semantic MediaWiki: GitHub pull request #1381
  2. ^  skos:scopeNote described as " some, possibly partial, information about the intended meaning of a concept, especially as an indication of how the use of a concept is limited...", Retrieved from: