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Re: REST and Linked Data (was Minting URIs)

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:49:56 -0400
Message-ID: <4DAC3374.9060604@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 4/17/11 6:28 AM, Ed Summers wrote:
> Was there really a chapter in the history of the Semantic Web where
> HTTP URIs in RDF were not expected to resolve? Wouldn't that have
> removed all the machinery for the "Web" from the "Semantic Web"? I
> only really started paying attention to RDF when the Linked Data
> effort (SWEO) picked up, so I'm just generally interested in this
> pre-history, and other people's memory of it.

Even at this point in time, when RDF is going through review, there 
isn't an explicit expectation that URIs de-reference. This issue is the 
essence of the matter re. RDF and Linked Data confusion.

If RDF doesn't mandate that URIs resolve, how can it be construed (by 
many) that you cannot have Linked Data without RDF?

The thing about technology narratives is that they have to consistent 
across definition and practice dimensions. Of course, if there's 
literature that contradicts my position, I strongly encourage others to 
reveal these contradictions via reference links. Clarity is what's most 
important at this point in time re., Linked Data. Its the key to broad 
adoption outside this community.



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