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Re: Meaning of property "url"

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:42:59 -0400
Message-ID: <CABzDd=7U8hBHMLTTiNLogsw269TCgs+-j0quFOPPxt+1TGn0wg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Cord Wiljes <cwiljes@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de>
Cc: public-vocabs@w3.org
On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 7:27 AM, Cord Wiljes
<cwiljes@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
>
>> (schema.org's "url" property) means something very specific:
>> "this is the Web location of" _____ (where ______ is some network
>> addressable digital file).
>
> That is what I thought, too. But the I wonder why:
>
> "url" is a property of class "Thing" (instead of just class "CreativeWork")
> there is no property "homepage" for class "Person" or "website" for class
> "Organization"

The notion of a URI identifying a "file" is terribly antiquated. So
many URIs identify resources that have representations (html)
assembled on the fly as the result of queries to databases and
whatnot. I prefer to think that url being a property of Thing was an
intentional move, because the author chose to sidestep the
httpRange-14 issue, and let URLs identify any type of resource, as is
the case in Roy Fielding's description of resource:

"""
The key abstraction of information in REST is a resource. Any
information that can be named can be a resource: a document or image,
a temporal service (e.g. "today's weather in Los Angeles"), a
collection of other resources, a non-virtual object (e.g. a person),
and so on. [1]
"""

//Ed

[1] http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm#sec_5_2_1_1
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