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Re: New draft TAG Finding on The Self-Describing Web

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 14:07:12 -0700
Message-Id: <p06230904c28396c4175d@[192.168.1.4]>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

>Xiaoshu Wang scripsit:
>
>>  Is a picture of Shakespeare a "representation" or a "description" of
>>  him? IMHO, the essential difference between an information resource and
>>  a non-information resource is only the former can have a
>>  "representation" in the web.
>
>In the semantic web, what we talk about is resources, and resources
>have URIs, so if we are allowed to talk about Shakespeare, there must
>be a URI for him.

Actually there must be a URIreference for him. This matters, as the 
URIref is likely to be in an RDF/XML document which itself has a URI; 
but that document, unlike Shakespeare, is an information resource.

>  If http://www.heritage.org/images/shakespeare.jpg
>were declared by its owner to refer to Shakespeare, then the content
>retrieved from that URI would unquestionably be a representation of him.

Not unquestionably. I tried to create something that as 
authoritatively and unambiguously as possible refers to me:

http://www.ihmc.us/users/phayes/PatHayes.html

but have been told that since I do not perform the HTTP re-direct 
ritual required by the TAG, it in fact does not.

Pat Hayes


>
>--
>John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>             http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
>It's like if you meet an really old, really rich guy covered in liver
>spots and breathing with an oxygen tank, and you say, "I want to be
>rich, too, so I'm going to start walking with a cane and I'm going to
>act crotchety and I'm going to get liver disease. --Wil Shipley


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