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Re: [RDF-concepts:113-Various] Re: Social Meaning and RDF

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 18:01:09 +0000
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To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>, Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: www-rdf-comments@w3.org


At 01:53 PM 2/19/03 -0500, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
> > (b) If so, does any such meaning affect the behaviour of an RDF 
> application?
>See above.
> > My answer here is an emphatic "no".  RDF does not require or expect that
> > RDF applications have awareness of any social meaning that may be conveyed
> > by RDF content.
>I don't understand this reasoning.  If social meaning has importance to
>RDF, then RDF applications will have to be cognizant of the entirety of
>social meaning to avoid legal problems.

I just re-read your comment, and noticed:  "If social meaning has importance to
RDF ...".  I think that's not what we're trying to say;  rather:
(a) RDF can have importance for social meaning, and
(b) RDF can convey propositions that are opaque to RDF, but may be 
interpreted socially.


Graham Klyne
Received on Friday, 21 February 2003 13:06:49 UTC

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