Raised by:
Alistair Miles
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So consider an OWL ontology called ONT1, it contains the following  

ex1:csA rdf:type skos:ConceptScheme

ex1:csB rdf:type skos:ConceptScheme

I also have an Ontology called ONT2 that conatins:

ex2:csC rdf:type skos:ConceptScheme

ex2:csC owl:imports ex1:csA

What should I expect to get imported into ONT2. I get two different  
results depending on how I interpret skos:ConceptSchema (i.e as a  
owl:Class or an owl:Ontology - If I am correct it is consistent in  
SKOS to do both)

1) ONT2 imports only the concepts that are in concept scheme csA?  
(which is what I want to happen)

2) ONT2 imports all of ONT1? (which is how it could be interpreted  
because of the semantics of owl:imports)

If owl:imports is to be used with concept schemes then why not always  
treat concept schemes to be the same as owl:Ontologies?  Was the  
possibility of a skos:imports ever discussed by the working group?
Related emails:
  1. ISSUE-119: SkosImports (from on 2008-04-29)
  2. List of resolutions from the Face-to-Face meeting (from on 2008-05-13)
  3. Re: List of resolutions from the Face-to-Face meeting (from on 2008-05-14)

Related notes:

2008-05-07: RESOLVED: That SKOS does not have its own specific import mechanism and that documents will have appropriate text on how to use existing owl:import mechanisms --