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Re: universal languages

From: Stefan Decker <stefan@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 10:32:33 -0800
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To: "Jonathan Borden" <jborden@mediaone.net>, "pat hayes" <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>

At 01:10 PM 2/6/2001 -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote:
>Stefan Decker wrote;
> >
> > Disclaimer: I'am not saying that the OID should point to anything
> > retrievable. All that is necessary is the ability to construct
> > a global unique object identifier for a given entity.
> > URIs seem to be one way to do this, however, certainly extensions
> > are necessary.
>     I'll say it then. A URI should point to something. If a URI doesn't
>point to anything, then it is no more useful than any of the other myriad
>types of OID/UID mechanisms. Simply using a URI to create an OID is ho
>hum... what makes a URI interesting in this regards is the possibility of
>retreiving something, perhaps a description of what is being named. A URI
>that identifies a person might reference a CV, for example, or a schema that
>describes to a machine how to parse such a CV, or whatever else might be

Probably you are right. But let us first establish the necessity of having 
global IDs.
Then we can think about how they can be engineered and
what useful things we can do with them.


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