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RE: How does RDF/OWL formalism relate to meanings?

From: John Black <JohnBlack@deltek.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 18:29:02 -0400
Message-ID: <D3C8F903E7CC024C9DA6D900A60725D9057C2612@DLTKVMX1.ads.deltek.com>
To: "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: "Pat Hayes" <phayes@ihmc.us>, <public-sw-meaning@w3c.org>

> From: Dan Connolly [mailto:connolly@w3.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 5:08 PM
> To: John Black
> On Wed, 2004-04-07 at 15:25, John Black wrote:
> > Dan,
> > 
> > Before we continue, would you mind taking a 
> > stab at answering the same questions that Pat answered from the 
> > point of view of the TAG and the Web architecture?  Or at least 
> > the specific question that Pat answered: If I want to make 
> > assertions about my specific company and its employees, and 
> > have my assertions understood to refer to them and none other, 
> > how do I go about that? 
> Like he said, I'd use owl:FunctionalProperty and/or
> owl:InverseFunctionalProperty.
> There's an ESW wiki topic where I started answering the
> question in a little more detail... hmm... not much more.
> [[
> How can I use naming properties to tell that things are the same?
>       * use owl:InverseFunctionalProperty. e.g. statecode, iata codes,
>         log:uri 
>       * @@discuss the cost of dropping the unique names assumption,
>         equality reasoning, etc. 
> How can I use naming properties to tell things apart?
>       * use owl:FunctionalProperty, as in [WWW]mtgppl. 
> ]]
> http://esw.w3.org/topic/PropertiesForNaming

You haven't mentioned resources, URIs, or the identification of the 
former by the later.  Is that involved?  So far, it seems that you  
only need the main URI to hang the owl:FunctionalProperty elements on,
since the meaning is actually created by the addition of functional 
properties.  Turning the question around, how does the URI/Resources 
formalism relate to these meanings?  It would seem that the main 
URI was almost irrelevant, you could substitute one for another 
and, due to the functional properties, the meaning would be the same.
Is this right?  How about the notion of the strength of one of my 
employees.  Are there functional properties I can use to get a URI 
to communicate to my audience that one of my employees is really 
strong?  How do I make a URI stand for my notion of strength, so 
that I can be sure my audience gets it?

> -- 
> Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
> see you at the WWW2004 in NY 17-22 May?
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