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Semantic Communities

A semantic community is group of people who share meanings (concepts) of words and phrases via their definitions.  Semantic communities can be subcommunities of other semantic communities.  A semantic community that is not a subcommunity of any other semantic community can be called a top-level semantic community. 

Only top-level semantic communities need to be registered publicly as they provide the entire context for the definitions and naming of their subcommunities.  In addition top-level semantic communities are semantic islands where no assumption can safely be made, unless the concept is adopted, that concepts is two different semantic communities -- even if they have the same definition.  This is because the words and phrases in a definition also have definitions and a different definition for any word or phrase in any of the referenced definitions means that they are two different concepts.

The purposes served by publicly registering top-level semantic communities are:

     - to provide a globally unique name for the semantic community that accurately reflects the scope of the meanings shared by the semantic community. 

     - to a GUID for the semantic community that never changes and ensure that it is globally unique.

     - ensure that the ownership of the semantic community is the organization that is responsible for shared meanings within the scope of the semantic community.  For example, the top level semantic community for meanings shared among stakeholders of a company needs to be owned and controlled by that company.  A regulatory example might be that the semantic community for the concepts in the European Union MiFID II regulatory documents must be owned by the EU organization responsible (ESMA) for the definitions for terms used in those documents.

A speech community is a subgroup within a semantic community who share terms; i.e. unique connections between a given word or phrase and a given concept within a given context.  Speech communities do not need to be registered publicly because they can be completely and uniquely defined and names within the context of their top-level semantic community.

 Semantic Community Registry and Semantic Anchor Documentation

 Register a Semantic Community


Semantic Anchor URIs

Semantic Anchor URIs provide a powerful way to link content in any document or file format that supports HTML hyperlinks directly back to the business meaning in the Businesss Ontological/Terminological Dictioanry for a word or phrase or a design construct .  Clicking on the Semantic Anchor URI opens the terminological entry for the relevant meaning in a context where its semantic relations can be browsed.

For detailed instructions see  Copying and Pasting Semantic Anchor URIs