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Re: Terminology Question concerning Web Architecture and Linked Data

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 14:05:12 -0400
Message-ID: <e9dffd640707271105r33625341i40309b712774392a@mail.gmail.com>
To: wangxiao@musc.edu
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

On 7/27/07, Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu> wrote:
> Mark,
> Put all argument aside. I am curious what kind of URIs can use
> owl:sameAs because the impression I got is that you implies only the
> only form that stands is "x owl:sameAs x".  But then, what is the point
> of having the term owl:sameAs? Don't you think that you put too much
> constrains on the semantics of owl:sameAs to make it any useful?

A publisher would use it if they had two URIs for the same resource.
It's not a best practice to do that of course, but if you really have
to then that's what you'd use.  For example;

<http://markbaker.ca> owl:sameAs <http://www.markbaker.ca>

As for my interpretation of the definition, as I mentioned before, the
definition could be interpreted as being ambiguous because it doesn't
distinguish between indirect and direct reference.  So when it says
"indicates that two URI references actually refer to the same thing",
I interpret that to mean direct reference, but it appears as though
most everybody else interprets that as being indirect ... or else
aren't convinced of my position that agency turns direct reference
into indirect.

Mark Baker.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.         http://www.markbaker.ca
Coactus; Web-inspired integration strategies  http://www.coactus.com
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