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Re: A triple is not unique.

From: Graham Klyne <GK@Dial.pipex.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 14:17:36 +0000
Message-Id: <4.3.2.7.2.20001121141415.00b4bf00@pop.dial.pipex.com>
To: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN <champin@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
Cc: RDF-IG <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
At 10:07 AM 11/21/00 +0100, Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN wrote:
>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.

To put it roughly, I think an entity can be a resource, but a resource is 
not necessarily an entity.

Now, to try and be a little more precise:

I think the conceptual mapping [RFC2396] associated with a resource MAY be 
with a single entity;  other resources MAY have conceptual mappings that 
involve several entities, or none at all.

Therefore, I don't think using RDF to "describe an entity" raises any problems.

#g

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Graham Klyne
(GK@ACM.ORG)
Received on Tuesday, 21 November 2000 11:11:50 GMT

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