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Anonymous nodes and quantification

From: Graham Klyne <GK@Dial.pipex.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 22:18:56 +0000
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To: "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: <www-rdf-logic@w3.org>
At 03:34 PM 1/8/01 -0500, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
>I have just got hold of Sowa's spec for Conceptual Graph Interchange Format,
>and noted down the comparison bwteeen CGs and the semantic web at
>for anyone who is interested, or anyone from the CG community who
>would like to verify that it makes any sense.

This led me to your 'N3' and 'Anonymous' notes, which had slipped out 
without me noticing.

Considering your comments about expressing quantification.  I contemplate 
an alternative approach, triggered by Pat Hayes' comments about 
public/proper names.

In outline, I suggest a 'properName' property to bind a resource to some 
label, in addition to 'genid' (a locally generated unique identifier, 
right?) for the resource.  Two different resources that appear in the same 
context with the same properName value are then presumed to be equivalent 
in all respects (other than URI).  This approach was designed for binding 
general descriptions into specific instances, but I think there are 
parallels with quantification.

I think this has the advantage that it doesn't in any way modify the 
semantics associated with RDF resource ids (no special case for 
genids).  It does require an application to be able to track resource 
equivalence (which I suspect will be needed anyway for applications of any 


Pat Hayes' original comments at:
Some later clarification:

Graham Klyne
Received on Monday, 8 January 2001 17:45:50 UTC

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