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RE: #rdfms-literals-as-resources in scope?

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 12:51:47 -0700
Message-Id: <v0421010eb773afc31fb8@[]>
To: <bdehora@interx.com>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>:Pat Hayes:
>:I don't really care who does the changing, but I do care
>: that we aren't confused.
>I agree wholeheartedly.
>:PS. There is a problem with saying that something is a different kind
>:of thing when it is named by a URI; this means that a thing's
>:ontological status changes when someone invents a name. So a certain
>:star in a distant galalaxy might suddenly become a resource just
>:because some astronomer in China puts up something on a website. I
>:guess I find this uncomfortable.
>Would you be saying maybe that instead of implying things change
>because we in effect name them, we should say that things don't
>change (or say nothing), but in RDF some things have names (URIs)
>in order that we can usefully describe them.

Sure, but when stating a semantics we have to have some 
RDF-independent way of characterising the universe (or else the 
semantics gets kind of circular), which is where my (admittedly only 
slight) discomfort arises.

Pat Hayes

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