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Re: Uniform access to descriptions

From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 09:55:01 -0400
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Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, "wangxiao@musc.edu" <wangxiao@musc.edu>, Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>, "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>, Phil Archer <parcher@icra.org>
To: "Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)" <skw@hp.com>
Response to the top part of your post to follow...

On Apr 9, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol) wrote:

> Just a question about this document that you have in mind:
>     How are you identifing it? [eg. by name, say in a filing  
> system; by bit/sequence of its serialisation...]

It, in this case, is a particular sequence of bytes along with an  
assertion of type. It can therefore exist in many different places,  
on different hard disks and optical media, for instance, and still be  
it.

I can give it many names. My file system might give it a name. I  
could decide to mint a URI to name it.

(I've deliberately not used the words "define" and "identify" because  
I've been trying to get clear on how to more precisely use these  
words (Pat is good influence on this)  but briefly, in my current  
thinking, I don't think it can be defined, but it can be identified  
in a number of ways, one way being by giving its name, assuming I've  
given it a globally unique identifier)

-Alan
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