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Re: PROV-ISSUE-19: terminology for 'Invariant View or Perspective on a Thing'

From: Simon Miles <simon.miles@kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:06:44 +0100
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To: Provenance Working Group WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
I think it might be hard to find a term which is both appropriate and
simple to denote both 'the invariant identity of a highly mutable,
temporal entity' (e.g. a person) or 'an invariant list of bytes in one
message at one instant' (e.g. a web state resource').

So instead, I propose just an abbreviation: 'invariant'

  http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/wiki/TerminologyProposals

Thanks,
Simon

On 8 June 2011 12:13, Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org> wrote:
> I agree with Simon on this.
>
> #g
> --
>
> Simon Miles wrote:
>> I don't strongly mind "snapshot", but doesn't it sort of imply
>> something at an instant of time (as taken with camera)? We may have an
>> invariant view on a thing as it exists over a very long time, so
>> implying we refer to an instant might be confusing.
>>
>> Though I don't have a better suggestion off the top of my head, but
>> will think more.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Simon
>>
>> On 7 June 2011 17:06, Jun Zhao <jun.zhao@zoo.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
>>> On 07/06/11 08:28, Olaf Hartig wrote:
>>>> Hey,
>>>>
>>>> I like "snapshot" as well.
>>> +1
>>>
>>> Jun
>>>
>>>> Olaf
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tuesday 07 June 2011 09:18:42 Paul Groth wrote:
>>>>> Personally, I like the term "snapshot".
>>>>>
>>>>> It has a nice common sense interpretation and also has a nice link to
>>>>> database.
>>>>>
>>>>> Paul
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM, Luc Moreau<L.Moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>  wrote:
>>>>>> All,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This is a useful concept that we are going to reuse in our model for
>>>>>> provenance.
>>>>>> Hence, I created an issue for it.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It would be useful to adopt a term for it.
>>>>>> Please send suggestions.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Luc
>>>
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