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Re: A triple is not unique.

From: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN <champin@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 10:07:28 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1A3B50.3C149FA8@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
To: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
CC: Dan Brickley <Daniel.Brickley@bristol.ac.uk>, "McBride, Brian" <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>, RDF-IG <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Jonathan Borden wrote:
> 1) Just because it is syntactically possible to assign an rdf:Statement an
> ID doesn't mean that it ought be allowable to assign more than one ID to the
> same statement.

That is true.
But unlike Brian McBride, I think the spec is not un ambiguous about Reified statements (though it is precise about Statements).
Now, assigning more than one URI to a statement is not only syntactically possible, it is useful.
Hence it would be great to officialy allow that.

> 2) I strongly caution against trying to wrangle out of this issue using the
> "can a resource have multiple URIs" question which rears its head from time
> to time. Using the RFC 2364 definition of URI it is clear that the resource
> identified by a URI may be abstract and hence *even when 2 URIs resolve to
> the same network entity*, each URI still identifies a distinct abstract
> resource. The distinction between the resource identified by a URI and an
> entity retrieved when a URI is resolved is clearcut.

I still agree with you.
But the quetion you quote maybe hides a deeper one : "does RDF describe only resources, or does it also describe entities".
My guess is that when a resources resolves to a unique entity, it is very tempting to describe the entity rather than the resource -- and I'm pretty sure some RDF users already did.


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