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Re: [Linking-open-data] Terminology Question concerning Web Architecture and Linked Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:07:15 -0400
Message-ID: <46A60793.6090105@openlinksw.com>
To: Linking Open Data <linking-open-data@simile.mit.edu>
CC: 'Sandro Hawke' <sandro@w3.org>, 'SW-forum' <semantic-web@w3.org>, "'Benjamins, Robin'" <rxbenjam@bechtel.com>, "'Paap, Onno'" <onno.paap@gmail.com>

Hans Teijgeler wrote:
> Hi Sandro,
> What else does a non-information resource contain (other than the
> information that it exists and what it is in essence)?
> Regards,
> Hans 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandro Hawke [mailto:sandro@w3.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 15:41
> To: Hans Teijgeler
> Cc: 'Linking Open Data'; SW-forum; Paap, Onno; Benjamins, Robin
> Subject: Re: Terminology Question concerning Web Architecture and Linked
> Data
> "Hans Teijgeler" <hans.teijgeler@quicknet.nl> writes:
>> To me the distinction between information and non-information 
>> resources is non-existing, because what you call a non-information 
>> resource actually contains information as well
> But it doesn't contain *only* information.  Information Resources are things
> which can be entirely and completely encoded as bits and then transmitted
> over a network.  They can be copied, perfectly.  They can be serialized.
> They are pure information.  (Another name I suggested for this class was
> "Digital Artifact", but the TAG went with "Information Resource" instead.)
> That, it seems to me, is a fairly crisp and useful class to define when
> talking about computer systems like the Web.
>     -- Sandro

Yes, but what is a non-information resource :-) This is the problem. 
Something that is technically right (i.e. the opposite of an information 
resource) but a poor vehicle of communication when articulating 
identifying and dereferencing distributed objects connected by the Web Bus.

Generic Resource or Data Resource provide a cleaner description of 
something that isn't ready for Web Bus traversal in it's basic form.

This matter is just about terminology that enables us build a bridge 
from the core Semantic Web community, out to the broader Web Communities.

Here are some Links that dig into this issue of non-information resource 

1. http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/openarchivesprotocol.html  (uses: 
Generic Resource)
2. *http://www.mkbergman.com/?p=391 (uses: Structured Data Resource)

I can live with Structured Data Resource (Data Resource for short) or 
even Generic Resource. The non-information resource completely turns my 
head inside out :-(



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