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RE: Review of new HTTPbis text for 303 See Other

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 11:51:03 -0700
To: Ian Davis <lists@iandavis.com>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
CC: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, "julian.reschke@gmx.de" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8B62A039C620904E92F1233570534C9B0118DB6E1682@nambx04.corp.adobe.com>

> In fact, being pedantic I should ask you to properly define what you
> mean when you refer to dbpedia. Do you mean the database of facts
> derived from wikipedia dumps, the project to create that database, the
> team that undertakes the project, the website that provides access to
> the database or possibly the domain name dbpedia.org?

> BTW http://dbpedia.org/resource/DBpedia appears to be a URI for the
> project and http://dbpedia.org/resource/DBpedia_Team seems to be a URI
> for the team.

I've been thinking of a way of describing the ambiguity of
reference that a single URI represents, as far as the "resource"
it identifies.... that the main ambiguity is in the scope.

The URI doesn't identify the "boundary" of the resource, just
a single "point of contact" or "surface of contact". If  a
resource has extent, then the identification doesn't cover the

If you think of resources as sets of points, then
the "identification"  from URI to Resource is to a single
or subset of the points.

URI      -(identifies) ->  contact points -- (subset of) --> resource

So you could say that, for DPPedia the project and the team and the
organization and the whole site and the whole site today
and the whole site last year and the home page ... well
they were all subset resources of "DBpedia".

With this conception, httpRange still is off, because it
doesn't acknowledge the possible subset relationship.

Do you think this might be a plausible design to consider?

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