Semantic Concepts: Names

Kees Woestenenk, 2012-07-19

A Name is an Entity that can be assigned to a Concept. A Concept can have several Names and Names can be assigned to several Concepts.

A Name is a common indication of a Concept, some Names are generally common, others only within a certain context or regionally bound. Each Concept has at least one Name per supported language.

A Name consists of one or more words. A Name normally starts with a capital, unless this does not correspond to the official writing, as with millimetre. Nouns used for a Name are generally singular, unless this is not usual.

A Name has a number of fields:

  • Name ID: A number, unique for SC, identifying a Name.
  • Name GUID: The globally unique identifier, identifying the Concept on the international platform (IFD/bSDD).
  • Name Language: The Language of the Name, given as a Language code. The Language code is in the format Language-Country, where Language is a 2 letter code according to ISO 639-1 and Country is a 2 letter code according to ISO 3166-1 Aplha-2. For 'international English' a country-code 'IN' is used, en for 'Latin' the code 'la-LA'. Examples: 'nl-NL', 'en-IN', 'en-UK'.
  • Name type: one of
    • FULLNAME: the Name without any abbreviations.
    • SHORTNAME: an abbreviated Name.
    • LEXEME: the abstraction in one word of several forms that a word can have.
  • Name text: The content of the Name presented as text.