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RE: SemWeb Non-Starter -- Distributed URI Discovery

From: Miles, AJ \(Alistair\) <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 19:36:36 +0100
Message-ID: <F5839D944C66C049BDB45F4C1E3DF89D18DC58@exchange31.fed.cclrc.ac.uk>
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> Yes, that's wat WWW does.  Why ask SW to do it a different way?  If a
> resource owner wants to make available an RDF representation of his
> resource, he is welcome to do so.  WWW already supports that.  But if
> his failure to do so has any impact on your life at all, you have the
> wrong expectations about what SW is.
> 
> Even WWW doesn't break if the "owner" of a resource fails to make a
> representation available, the site is down for a period of time, never
> registered in DNS, or whatever.
>

... right but, HTTP still provides a generic mechanism for retrieving an 'authoritative' representation of a resource (i.e. HTTP GET) - whether the resource exists or not does not diminish the requirement for such a mechanism.

So the semantic web requires some generic mechanism whereby an agent can attempt to locate and query a set of RDF statements about the resource denoted by URI x that has been endorsed by some entity y - whether such statements exist or not similarly does not diminish the requirement.  N.B. In the most common scenario, y is the owner of x.  

Cheers,

Al.
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