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Re: Meaning of URIRefs (new test case, comments on Concepts draft)

From: Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 22:50:03 -0700
Message-ID: <3DB8DB8B.6060901@robustai.net>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
CC: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, www-rdf-comments@w3.org

Sandro Hawke wrote:

>I don't see the problem here, unless you disagree with something
>AaronSW says about me on that page.  A better URIRef for me would be
>   http://www.w3.org/2000/01/sw/people#sandro
>If you use that, you're committing to the fact that I have certain web
>pages and email addresses and even (oddly) a friend.  (Sort of; I'm
>not sure how many of those predicates actually have a non-null
>definition.)  You're also committing to similar facts about some other
>people.  It's still not a very good definition of me (it wasn't
>written to be one), but it's not too bad.
>
Interesting example you have chosen .... I wonder if it was intentional. 
 Dereferencing that URI yields (as of 10.20 PM on the day of this post)  
the following information to me:

    The member-only section of the W3C website is not
    publicly viewable. Password authorization is needed
    for access to the W3C Member Site.

so it is even less inforative to me than the string "Sandro Hawke" which 
I can at least google.  If I use that mark today to identify you, I am 
commiting to nothing but the ostentation in your  paragraph above.   Me 
thinks these technologically physical boundaries we place our 
information within must gain first class recognition in RDF theory, else 
RDF theory will become irrelivant to the practical world.  

... oh well

Seth Russell
Received on Friday, 25 October 2002 01:50:43 GMT

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