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Re: Resources and URIs

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 10:33:10 -0400
To: Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com
Cc: phayes@ai.uwf.edu, gk@ninebynine.org, uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030428143310.GA1815@skunk.reutershealth.com>

Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com scripsit:

> A representation of a thing is also a thing. And a thing and
> its representation must both have distinct URIs if we are to talk
> about both of them unambiguously.
> 
> One should not expect a given URI to denote both a thing and a
> representation of that thing, 

This is where Topic Maps shine.  They have two different contexts for
using a URI: the "resource reference" context, where a URI refers to an
electronically accessible object; and the "subject indicator reference"
context, where a URI refers to something suggested by the electronically
accessible object.

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                John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Received on Monday, 28 April 2003 10:31:57 GMT

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