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RE: does RDF require understanding all 82 URI schemes?

From: Bill de hOra <bill@dehora.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 21:14:01 -0000
To: "Ross Judson" <ross@ManagedObjects.com>, "David Megginson" <david@megginson.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <xmlschema-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <DCEBKOHMHCKKIAAPKLLMMEFECBAA.bill@dehora.fsnet.co.uk>

: Perhaps the universal web of trust starts with every human being having
: their own URI.

How is this different from, or better than, every one having an SSN (Social
Security Number for non-US subscribers)? And given that most humans have never
made a phone call, isn't this getting ahead of ourselves somewhat?

:The metamodel itself must be subject to and derived from the
: web of trust.  As an entity I declare those other entities I wish to trust.
: An entity can make statements about other objects.  An entity can also have
: a locally defined metamodel, which can be built on top of the metamodels
: published by other, trusted entities.

More's the point, why do we need to architect trust in the network at all? Peers
can model, engage and disengage in trusting relationships among themselves. I
believe architecting trust is certainly one hubris the network can do without.

Trust isn't a requirement.

: We should worry less about the representation of knowledge, and more about a
: stable and robust set of rules for resolving conflict and compositing
: multiple knowledge and meta-knowledge sources.

That would be a body of law.

: I wonder what patterns of information would survive and prosper in this
: memetic greenhouse.

Untruths and mistruths.

Bill de hOra
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