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RE: universal languages

From: Bill dehOra <BdehOra@interx.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 15:48:59 -0000
Message-ID: <23CF4BF2C499D411907E00508BDC95E131F8D7@ntmews_01.interx.com>
To: "'Katia Sycara'" <katia@cs.cmu.edu>
Cc: www-rdf-logic@w3.org

Parts aren't always obvious though. Boston still "exists" in the sense that
it can be a part of San Francisco if San Francisco (and whoever gets to
declare OIDs) agrees that Boston is-a-part-of San Francisco and not now
actually San Francisco. You might treat this as a degenerate case of the
Ship of Theseus paradox: if we turn two boats into one which OID do we use?
What if we turned a fleet into an Ark? 

Something similar I believe actually happened to the US Army with respect to
the relationship between guns and gun parts, where guns were being conjured
out of thin air so to speak by bogus parts requests (if not, it's a good
story). My point is that it's only so useful getting hung up on URIs and
OIDs as magic pointing bullets.

Bill de hOra

:-----Original Message-----
:From: Katia Sycara [mailto:katia@cs.cmu.edu]
:Sent: 07 February 2001 14:59
:To: Bill dehOra; 'Stefan Decker'; Jim Hendler
:Cc: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
:Subject: Re: universal languages
:Bill, in answer to your question, of San Fransisco invading 
:Boston etc, it
:is obvious to me that a "part-of" relation between San 
:Fransisco and Boston
:can be established that relates the two previously established OIDs.
: Cheers, Katia
:----- Original Message -----
:From: "Bill dehOra" <BdehOra@interx.com>
:To: "'Stefan Decker'" <stefan@db.stanford.edu>; "Jim Hendler"
:Cc: <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>
:Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 4:11 AM
:Subject: RE: universal languages
:> :I'am only claiming that we need an OIDs to uniquely identify
:> :entities on the web. However, the same entity can have 
:multiple OIDs.
:> :(and then "equivalent-to" is a great mechanism).
:> :But no OID should identify multiple entities.
:> :In other words: if I come up with an ID for Boston, nobody should
:> :be able to use this as an ID for San Francisco - or at least
:> :this abuse should be easy detectable.
:> If the city of San Fransisco invaded Boston tommorrow and 
:declared that
:> Boston is now part of San Fransisco, which OID should we be using?
:> Bill de hOra
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