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Re: Information resources?

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 12:50:29 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-id: <873c1rxu7e.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org> was heard to say:
| I don't think dogs and cars are obscure.  It's hard to work with RDF
| for a day without having URIs for people, organizations, books,
| conferences, etc, ... and being stuck with the very real problem of
| distinguishing between those things and web pages about those things.

In what context have you had this problem?

I have used the URI 'http://xmlns.com/wordnet/1.6/Hoary_Marmot' to
identify the Hoary Marmot (really, I'm serious[1]). If I GET a
representation of that URI, I get some RDF that tells me things about
the Marmot. I consider that data to be a representation of the
physical creature.

Assertions that http://xmlns.com/wordnet/1.6/Hoary_Marmot is a web
page or has a particular creator or last modified date or
what-have-you are inconsistent.

The assertion that Norman Walsh is female is also inconsistent.

Don't build systems, or make decisions, based on inconsistent
assertions, that's my advice.

                                        Be seeing you,

[1] http://norman.walsh.name/2003/07/25/images/marmot.html

Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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