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Re: identifier to use

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 10:03:30 +0100
Message-ID: <46CBFBE2.1090908@musc.edu>
To: Hilmar Lapp <hlapp@duke.edu>
CC: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>, public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Hilmar,
> It seems to me that domain-specific resolution systems are rather a 
> fact and we deal with them all the time.
This is what we try to avoid.  The reasoning should not be: Oh, we 
should use it because it is already there.  The reasoning should be: 
would it be better if we do it in another way? Web is all about 
communication so data interoperability is the ultimate goal.  Using 
different domain resolution system fragment the web.  If LSID will be 
used exclusively used by a selected group of people and will never need 
to be communicated outside of that community, then, by all means use 
whatever the community feels the most comfortable with.  But is this the 
case?
> Domain names are quickly bought, used, and sold to someone else, and 
> this is not just theoretical. 
Most, if not everything can be bought, used, and sold, or corrupted to 
someone else.

> For example, the journal Phyloinformatics discontinued recently and 
> the domain name phyloinformatics.org is now for sale. If they had used 
> HTTP URIs using their domain name, the next owner of the domain would 
> probably choose not to maintain any of those, or worse, reassign them 
> to something else.
Had I own a LSID domain, can I transfer the ownership? Of course, I 
should be allowed to do so because if not, ID will die with me.  If I am 
allowed to transfer the ownership, does it matter if money or anything 
is exchanged?  Again, stability is a social  issue, what it needs is effort.

Xiaoshu
Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:03:50 GMT

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