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Re: "Resource" (RDF vocabulary definitions)

From: Richard H. McCullough <rhm@cdepot.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 11:41:25 -0800
Message-ID: <003201c29195$fac1e180$bd7ba8c0@rhm8200>
To: <fmanola@mitre.org>, "Jon Hanna" <jon@spin.ie>
Cc: "RDF-Interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
"existent" comes from the field of philosophy, and is widely used in discussions of metaphysics (what exists?) and epistemology (how do I know?).  Epistemology is also known as "the theory of knowledge", and is concerned with the methods of concept-formation and validating the truth of statements about reality.

I have no problem with using the name "resource".  I  was only expressing my opinion that it seemed like a strange choice.  After hearing the responses from members of RDF-interest concerning the origin & context of the word, I understand the choice.
Dick McCullough 
knowledge := man do identify od existent done
knowledge haspart list of proposition

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Frank Manola 
  To: Jon Hanna 
  Cc: RDF-Interest 
  Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 9:27 AM
  Subject: Re: "Resource" (RDF vocabulary definitions)

  Jon Hanna wrote:
  > > I understand what you're saying.
  > > But the intent seems to be to represent all existents on the web.
  > > In that case, "Resource" and "existent" are absolutely identical.
  > > So why use two different words when they have exactly the same
  > > meaning?

  I agree.  Can we all agree to eliminate the use of "existent" (where did
  that word come from, and who uses it?) and use "resource" instead?  

  Also, if you don't like "resource", you might get more bang for your
  argument taking it to the authors of RFC 2396 (see, e.g.,
  http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2396.txt) or to uri@w3.org.  This isn't
  an RDF-specific usage, after all.


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