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Re: What to do about namespace derived URI refs... (long)

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 14:40:18 +0100
Message-ID: <01e001c0ef58$bb4e3840$aae593c3@z5n9x1>
To: <Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com>, "Seth Russell" <seth@robustai.net>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Cc: <Ora.Lassila@nokia.com>
> Perhaps Sean would be interested in a combined effort for a 'name'
> URN scheme that would correspond to the hierarchical path syntax
> defined by my HRN example along with an optional temporal field for
> those applications which require names that are temporally as well
> as globally unique.
> Eh?

Fine by me. However, I don't really see people starting to take it up
all that fast... for as long as URLs are around and people can use
them in RDF, they will be used - you can't stop that from happening,
and rightfully so. The RDF applications that I use work just fine with
URLs, and yes, most of them I use strictly as "names" rather than
retrievable resources. But they work for the kind of stuff I'm doing.

There is the problem with referring to concepts cross-media, and for
that I support stuff like the tag URI scheme, and/or the name URN if
it ever gets off of the ground. But if you really want to get going,
you'd better do it fast: URLs as namespaces is becoming a heavily
established practice.

Does this mean that the RDF, RDF Schema, DAML, Dublin Core, FOAF,
DCTypes, EARL, Annotea and so on namespaces are broken? Hmm... and my
signature; roughterms in an HTTP space? Yucky.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
@prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
:Sean :hasHomepage <http://purl.org/net/sbp/> .
Received on Thursday, 7 June 2001 09:48:25 UTC

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