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RE: scheduling persistent naming discussion

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:37:37 -0700
To: "'Jonathan Rees'" <jar@creativecommons.org>, <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001caca96$64862ae0$2d9280a0$@org>
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
And Here is my URL, http://ozymandias.org. 
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

A "name" is just a string. What you really want is not a "persistent name" but a "guarantee" -- whatever that might mean -- of a service, generally recognized by society -- that will direct others from the name to the thing that you want the name to mean.

As long as we call the problem "persistent naming" rather than "persistent services", we'll keep on talking in circles.

I've made the link before, but really urge review of the 1999 workshop: (9/99) Problems URIs don't solve (http://larry.masinter.net/9909-twist.pdf) Presentation at  TWIST 99( http://www.ics.uci.edu/IRUS/twist/twist99/)  The Workshop on Internet-scale Software Technologies, Internet Scale Naming.

also http://masinter.blogspot.com/2010/03/resources-are-angels-urls-are-pins.html .

-----Original Message-----
From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Rees
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:02 AM
To: www-tag@w3.org
Subject: scheduling persistent naming discussion

It would be unfortunate to discuss ISSUE-50 without Larry, scheduled
for 3pm Thursday after he's gone, since he provides such an important
skeptic's perspective and has been thinking about this problem for
over a decade.

I don't know how to fix this, though - the only options I see are
swapping with one of the morning sessions, secrets in URIs and content
type override, both of which seem pretty important.

In his absence we would just have to do our best to represent him.

So I just throw this out there without any particular request or
advice. Maybe let's bring it up under agenda review on Monday.

Received on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 14:38:17 UTC

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