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Re: Role of URI and HTTP in Linked Data

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:01:50 -0600
Cc: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>, Jiří Procházka <ojirio@gmail.com>, nathan@webr3.org, public-lod@w3.org
Message-Id: <5F5C0724-0AF5-4094-81C6-FF0281B4B463@ihmc.us>
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>

On Nov 11, 2010, at 8:42 AM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:

> On 11/11/10 9:00 AM, David Booth wrote:
>> On Thu, 2010-11-11 at 07:23 +0100, Jiří Procházka wrote:
>> [ . . . ]
>>> I think it is flawed trying to enforce "URI == 1 thing"
>> Exactly right.  The "URI == 1 thing" notion is myth #1 in "Resource
>> Identity and Semantic Extensions: Making Sense of Ambiguity":
>> http://dbooth.org/2010/ambiguity/paper.html#myth1
>> It is a good *goal*, but it is inherently unachievable.
> 
> Are you implying that a URI -- an Identifier -- doesn't have a Referent (singular)? If so, what is the URI identifying?
> 
> In my world view:
> Identification != Representation. The fact that I can de-reference an Identifier en route to obtaining Data doesn't make the Identifier a Representation of the Data.

True. But the suggestion embodied in http-range-14 is that IF you get a 'normal' 200-coded access response, THEN we should all agree that the IRI does in fact refer to the data-thing it accesses. And for all its awkwardness and wierdness, this does seem like a workable and useful convention. I think its like democracy: its stinks, but all other alternatives are worse. 

> It's a conduit to the Data.
> 
> [SNIP]
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> Regards,
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> Kingsley Idehen	
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