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Re: [topicmapmail] RDF and TopicMaps: an Exercise in Convergence

From: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN <champin@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: 06 Jun 2001 09:31:56 +0200
To: Piotr Kaminski <pkaminsk@who.net>
Cc: topicmapmail@infoloom.com, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-Id: <991812725.514.0.camel@lisiperso3>
On 05 Jun 2001 13:11:32 -0700, Piotr Kaminski wrote:
> > >> In a topic map, a human is the ultimate arbiter of subject identity.
> > >> Is the same true for an RDF resource?
> 
> [Danny Ayers]
> > Nope, go ask the URI.
> 
> Nope, resolving the URI might return a related representation.  It does not
> return the resource that the URI identifies, and hence has no bearing on the
> identity of the subject

More generally, there is a fundamental difference between the piece of
data retrieved thanks to the URI,
and the resource *identified* by the URI. The latter is *generic* and
its identity is indeed decided by a human being.

See http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Generic.html

  Pierre-Antoine
Received on Wednesday, 6 June 2001 03:34:16 GMT

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