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Natural Keys and Patterned URIs

From: Patrick Logan <patrickdlogan@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:31:15 -0700
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To: public-lod <public-lod@w3.org>
(Thanks for the patterns book, BTW. I am finding them helpful and
thought-provoking.)

re: Natural Keys and Patterned URIs - I am wondering about the
potential trade-offs between "manufacturing" a resource URI following
a "known algorithms" vs. "finding" a resource URI by querying a "known
relationship".

e.g. say there is a URI for a specific auto. A natural key could be
based on its vehicle identification number (VIN), and so
"manufactured".

Or the URI could be meaningless, or at least unknown, and the URI
could be "found" from a known "VIN" relationship in the ontology...
?car <VIN> "xyz"

Even if the URIs are meaningful, patterned, or natural, I kind of tend
to want to find them from relationships rather than manufacture them.

Are there known pro's and con's either way?

Thanks
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