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URIs and intellectual property

From: Miles, AJ (Alistair) <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 15:07:47 -0000
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To: "'public-esw-thes@w3.org'" <public-esw-thes@w3.org>

Hi Carl,

>  However, if a publisher did not employ this exemplary approach (to
> protect their investment?) then (of course) an indirect URI 
> must be used.

If I understand you correctly, I just wanted to comment on this, because it
seems there is a misconception that by publishing URIs for concepts a
thesaurus owner is somehow giving up their intellectual property.  

The reason why I think this is a misconception is explained nicely in:


I.e. it's like saying that giving a book an ISBN number violates the


> Thus for pragmatic purposes I  encourage the use of indirect 
> identifiers
> as an architectural approach.
> <quote who="Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com">
> >> I suggest you follow Dublin Core's exemplary lead and use
> >> URIs without fragment identifiers to identify your terms.
> >> You'll be in very good company, and such an approach is
> >> fully compatible with the PR version of AWWW and every
> >> semantic web spec produced by the W3C to date.
> >
> > To be more specific, and more accurate regarding my
> > original meaning, I suggest that you use 'http:' URIs
> > without fragment identifiers to identify your terms.
> -- 
> Carl Mattocks
> co-Chair OASIS (ISO/TS 15000) ebXMLRegistry Semantic Content SC
> co-Chair OASIS Business Centric Methodology TC
> v/f (usa) 908 322 8715
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