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Re: What if two resources are the same subject?

From: Carl Mattocks <carlmattocks@checkmi.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 13:41:41 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <22563.>
To: algermissen@acm.org
Cc: "www-rdf-interest@w3.org" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

You may want to consider employing Topic Map Published Subject identifiers
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> Hi,
> I have a question I just can't get my head around:
> Consider this situation:
> some.org issued a URL ( http://www.some.org/countries/canada ) to
> identify the country Canada. This means that there now is a resource
> Canada that one can, for example, GET representations of.
> A bunch of people start using http://www.some.org/countries/canada to
> refer to Canada in RDF statements.
> On the other side of the globe another.org issued the URL
> http://another.org/public/countries/Canada for exactly the same purpose
> and again, people start using the URL to refer to Canada in RDF
> statements.
> My first question is what happens when RDF statements from both camps are
> combined
> and people start noticing that there are two resources being the same
> thing (Canada).
> Is there any mechanism to at least note that fact? Is there an RDF schema
> that
> provides the semantics to say that several resources actually are the same
> thing?
> From a Semantic Web-user's perspective: How do I find out statements about
> Canada?
> How do I know which URL to use or supposed I know both, can I use any of
> them or do
> I have to submit my 'questions' once for every URL?
> I am really interested in what RDF/SW experts think about such issues in
> general
> and if there are any papers etc. that deal with these or similar issues.
> --
> Jan Algermissen                           http://www.topicmapping.com
> Consultant & Programmer	                  http://www.gooseworks.org

Carl Mattocks

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