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Re: Terminology when talking about Linked Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:36:05 -0500
Message-ID: <4B7C2905.8080404@openlinksw.com>
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
CC: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Pat Hayes wrote:
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> On Feb 17, 2010, at 6:37 AM, Dan Brickley wrote:
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>> ... . RDF was originally
>> standardised as a metadata system, a mechanism for finding stuff ...
>> whether that stuff was photos, videos, HTML pages, excel spreadsheets,
>> SQL databases, 3d models. ...
>
> Really? That was not the impression I got when I first got involved 
> with it. In fact, I asked explicitly for clarification, at the first 
> F2F in Sebastopol: is RDF intended to be metadata for Web 'objects', 
> or is it supposed to be a notation for describing **things in 
> general**? And the resounding chorus from the WG was the latter, most 
> definitely not the former. (Which is also what Guha told me right 
> after the very first RDF speclet was first released.) 
Yes, and I think you've inadvertently unveiled a subtle distinctin 
between Linked Data and the earlier Semantic Web Project goals.

At the heart of HTTP based Linked Data lies the use of the generic HTTP 
URIs duality ( Identity/Access ) to actually deliver metadata for Data 
Objects on an HTTP network.
> And that is why I designed the semantics based on a logical model 
> theory rather than a computational annotation system. If RDF was 
> supposed to be primarily a mechanism for finding stuff, then we 
> designed it wrong.
I think you kinda attested to some of that in your blogic presentation :-)

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