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From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:32:18 +0000
Message-ID: <CAM1Sok1uUATj_Dm0YnCknhM7+84Lizr8nt_ccKRZCBwkrVbFpw@mail.gmail.com>
To: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>, public-rww <public-rww@w3.org>
Had some thoughts re: RDF+DHT which i wanted to share, in the hope of
resourcing something that might be useful for others to consider.

My use-case scenarios are more targeted at SoLiD or LDP related
decentralised storage architectures; and the means in which credentials may
play a role any-such lifecycle; I wondered why DHT isn't further explored
at present? Yet the application i was considering most related more to
"ontology production, use and distribution", which in-turn is a counterpart
of considerations around how to make resources more portable / decoupled
from TLDs related issues as they apply not for documents, but rather,
identity & related semantics.

So, if someone is building their 'wisdom' environment (meaning, it's made
by the person for whom such forms of 'wisdom' is defined to serve) then the
'knowledge' software, may need 'updates' and DHT may be a good way to do
that, whilst providing means for people to 'edit', and make their own
should they choose to.
ie:  https://schema.org/Physician is currently defined as a place in one
case, and a person https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician in another.

The other aspect was that it might be downloadable.  So people could carry
what' in the DHT cache, and load it somewhere else if / should they choose
to. this might be useful for 'employee' / 'agent' personas; as people
change jobs and any personal data on workplace systems should probably be

I imagine the same kinda situation exists also for legal firms, accounting,

So - i researched it a bit more:

The NICTA paper[1] looked interesting; and i've attached others below (that
i've noted so haven't numbed), as part of a simple google search
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=RDF+DHT to explore something that i've found has been
very much previously considered in various ways.

To describe the application concepts; one of them may be to decentralise
the Wiki.  So, people download a 'dictionary' that has RDF Definitions in
it; and these files are tracked via DHT #'s.  Question becomes though; how
would you target the specified DHT# in a friendly way...

I wrote a really long document but then found the concept of using
alternative protocols to HTTP noted by TimBL in the latter parts of

So given #'s / uuid's are kinda difficult to remember / type - another
issue would be how to make it easier for them to be referenced.


[1] http://www.nicta.com.au/pub-download/full/3870/?/pub?doc=3870


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