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Re: Best Practice for Renaming OWL Vocabulary Elements

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:38:12 -0400
Message-ID: <4DB1F544.4000305@openlinksw.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
On 4/22/11 4:58 PM, Martin Hepp wrote:
> On the more theoretical side, I do not thing that English identifiers are necessarily a barrier to global adoption. HTML is based in English identifiers, most XML schemas are based on English identifiers, the HTTP protocol uses English tokens, etc.;-)

Yes, but in the HTML context, the user isn't really thinking in terms of 
Object ID and Object Representation Address dichotomy. They just have a 
Link acting as a Pointer :-)

Trouble with Linked Data is that its Distributed Data Objects 3.0, so 
conceptually, de-reference (*) and address-of (&) operators knowledge 
and history matters. The whole 303 imbroglio completely masked out this 
important innovation that showcases the ingenuity of URIs.

Sometimes, trying to dumb down the message for an audience just adds 
more inertia to concept comprehension and exploitation. Ignorance != 
Bliss, over the long haul  :-)

The conundrum I see is this: Identifiers are supposed to be opaque and 
unique. When it comes to Address (Pointer) function variants such URLs, 
that's another matter, hackable URLs are immensely valuable. Trouble is 
this though, Linked Data is (mechanically) about indirection (aka. 
de-reference operator) but this indirection creates an problematic 
fusion: Name Reference (HTTP URI based Name of a Thing) and Name of Data 
Access Address (HTTP URI based Name of an Data Access Address aka URL) . 
Solving this problem is achievable via the Web Linking pattern using URL 
templates and .well-known/host-meta. Trouble is, folks are already 
implementing other patterns that don't really unveil the critical 
dichotomy I mentioned earlier.

As I said, it is a conundrum, so we have to watch and see how this all 
shakes out. Thus, in your case GR instances will grow  (outside of what 
folks like us do with Linked Data transformation middleware) as desired 
(by Web developers) or hit an incomprehension laden point of inertia, 
only time will tell.

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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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