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Re: the choice of the term "layer"

From: Thomas Baker <tom@tombaker.org>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 15:14:10 -0400
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, Guus Schreiber <guus.schreiber@vu.nl>, public-rdf-wg <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120502191410.GA60544@julius>
On Wed, May 02, 2012 at 12:15:17PM -0400, Sandro Hawke wrote:
> > The main reason I like 'layer' (and surface) is that data integration
> > is RDF's defining and most under-sold feature, and this metaphor does
> > highlight that feature...
> I agree.    Unfortunately, when I looked at the title "RDF Layers" with
> fresh eyes, I immediately thought of the SemWeb layer cake.  :-(   So, I
> put in "Data", sometimes calling them "Data Layers" to help with that.
> In the draft I currently have it flagged as an open issue, with some
> other possibilities listed.  The one I woke up with this morning was
> "spaces".   Conceptually it's close enough to tuple spaces that I think
> the similarity in names would probably be okay.  (I just learned what
> Linda was named after...!  Who knew...?)
> (Downside to "space" is that is start with "s", so quads are (S,P,O,S)
> which is annoying.)

"Plane"?  Planes are two-dimensional, as opposed to spaces, which are
(I think) three-dimensional.  Annoyingly, though, it starts with "p".


Tom Baker <tom@tombaker.org>
Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:14:50 UTC

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