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RE: Terminology Question concerning Web Architecture and LinkedData

From: <tim.glover@bt.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 09:54:06 +0100
Message-ID: <AEF15555D64C494CA393778177A3A1710160BAC0@E03MVC1-UKBR.domain1.systemhost.net>
To: <conal.tuohy@vuw.ac.nz>
Cc: <semantic-web@w3.org>

>the owner of a URI has the right to define what it identifies...

But that right is unenforceable. McDonalds might define a "McJob" as a
fulfilling career choice, but they cannot prevent other people using it
to mean something else.  

Surely it is futile to insist that a particular string has only one
meaning, ***EVEN IF it begins with the characters "http://" ***!!!  In
fact, maybe no two people ever mean exactly the same thing by a given
string... BUT given that two people agree of certain statements about
them, they can be guaranteed to agree on certain conclusions. That's
where reasoning helps :) And of course it is quite impossible to prevent
people using different strings to refer to related concepts. So don't

(as an aside, I cannot help thinking that that a great deal of confusion
has been caused by using URIs for everything. Surely the meaning of a
string cannot be determined by the fact that a piece of software leads
it to another string - doesn't that lead to infinite regression..? Maybe
it would simplify things to talk about strings of letters, and keep
dereferencing as a special case. )


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