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RE: URI equivalence, URI's for "standard" identifiers

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 18:09:02 -0500 (EST)
To: Ron Daniel <RDaniel@DATAFUSION.net>
cc: Eric Hellman <eric@openly.com>, RDF Interest Group <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0001201806480.1521-100000@tux.w3.org>
But does the ISO have a trademark on the term "ISO 9000" that means they can
stop people from using the term to refer to something that meets ISO9000
(whatever that is)?

Surely not. And it is a simple matter to create a scheme for expressing that
something cvlaims to meet ISO9000 - in fact I have done something like this
for asserting that something meets WAI guidelines. All you need is a URI for
"so,mething" and a URI for ISO9000...

This is a whole different question to actually assesssing that conformance or
even knowing what ISO9000 is...

Charles McCN

On Thu, 20 Jan 2000, Ron Daniel wrote:

  Eric Hellman asks:
  > Is there any consensus in the RDF community about what URI's to use 
  > for standard identifiers such as ISBN, ISSN, UPC codes, or for things 
  > like Stock tickers, cusips, patent numbers? It's not like it would 
  > take much effort.
  [Ron Daniel]  The biggest problem is that such identifiers
  are the intellectual property of particular standardization
  and maintenance bodies. They would probably be somewhat
  miffed if we start having our way with their property.
  There is an RFC that hypothesizes URN namespaces like
  urn:isbn and urn:issn. But those will not be standardized
  without the permission of the relevant organizations.
  > It seems to me that 
  > everyone should at least agree how to say that two URI's refer to the 
  > same thing.
  [Ron Daniel]  Yes, such a thing should be developed. However,
  I am not aware of any active W3C working group that could take
  this up.
  One thing to keep in mind is that there are degrees of equivalence.
  Ron Daniel Jr.
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