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Re: does RDF require understanding all 82 URI schemes?

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 17:21:00 -0000
Message-ID: <020e01c09518$464d5200$13d993c3@z5n9x1>
To: "David Megginson" <david@megginson.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
> 1. use the same identifier, and eternally privilege my information
> over anyone else's; or

   <#x>
   daml:equivalentTo
   http://www.megginson.com/battles.rdf#jutland .

Now you can use <#x> to identify it. Dereference it, and you might be able
to process the Schema. If you can, then great, if not, then you still have
another identifier for the battle of Jutland. It's all about closed world
systems - there is no such thing as a fully interoperable database of
knowledge, but that won't stop us from making decent specialized SW
applications.

> Many (most?) of the things we'll want to describe in a data-based
> Web -- ideas, historical people/places/things, etc. -- don't even have
that.

I'm intregued as to what people think the "answer" is in the great name
debate. I still assert the position whereby data only matters in closed
systems, and to that end, the SW will be fragmented - but at least it can
work. There is no such thing as a global interchange format for data: the
whole world isn't going to be using XML RDF in 5 years time. But people
that are using the same syntax, and sharing knowledge dereferencable at the
end of some URL are going to have a good time with it.

--
Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
@prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
[ :name "Sean B. Palmer" ] :hasHomepage <http://infomesh.net/sbp/> .
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