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RE: Can Resource be the top of our ontology ?

From: Danny Ayers <danny@panlanka.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 11:22:42 +0600
To: <kal@ontopia.net>, "Seth Russell" <seth@robustai.net>, "RDF-IG" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <EBEPLGMHCDOJJJPCFHEFGEEPDBAA.danny@panlanka.net>
But surely by talking of XTM, you are identifying it? When you make the
assertions about it, you want the assertions to 'stick' to XTM, so in effect
you are associating the assertions with an identifier. If you want to
examine those assertions about XTM you need to have some space you can
address as 'XTM' to retrieve the assertions...surely?

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Danny Ayers
http://www.isacat.net

<- -----Original Message-----
<- From: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org
<- [mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Kal Ahmed
<- Sent: 10 April 2001 02:04
<- To: Danny Ayers; Seth Russell; RDF-IG
<- Subject: RE: Can Resource be the top of our ontology ?
<-
<-
<- Danny Ayers wrote:
<- > <- Absolutely! Things with no identity are not nothing, they are simply
<- > <- unidentifiable within the bounds of a computer system. With the
<- > <- development
<- > <- of new identification schemes, things may move from
<- > <- Non-Addressable Subject
<- > <- to Resource over time.
<- >
<- > I'm curious - what is the purpose of non-addressable subjects in
<- > a computer
<- > system?
<- > i.e. what can you actually do with things you can't identify?
<- > (apart from sling 'em on the pile in the corner  ;-)
<- >
<- > examples would be nice
<- >
<-
<- Consider the XTM / XTM Specification. XTM is a non-addressable
<- subject, the
<- XTM Specification is an addressable resource. Using these two topics, I
<- could create an association (say, "specified by") between XTM and the XTM
<- Spec. I could then use XTM as the central topic for a bunch of other
<- associations (e.g. of types "tutorial on", "application uses")
<- etc. In other
<- words, I am making a set of assertions about XTM, without requiring the
<- subject to be addressable.
<-
<- Cheers,
<-
<- Kal
<-
Received on Tuesday, 10 April 2001 01:26:17 GMT

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