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Re: issues to be resolved before last call (rdfms-assertion)

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 17:21:57 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <20030118.172157.03867928.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
To: jos.deroo@agfa.com
Cc: welty@us.ibm.com, www-webont-wg@w3.org, www-webont-wg-request@w3.org

From: "Jos De_Roo" <jos.deroo@agfa.com>
Subject: Re: issues to be resolved before last call (rdfms-assertion)
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 14:17:49 +0100

> I think there are other points and I'm borrowing the
> following from Pat as I couldn't express it better...
> The point is that publication of RDF, when considered
> as a social act, constitutes a publication of some content
> which is defined by whatever normal *social* conditions
> are used by the publishers of any terms in the RDF to
> define the meanings of those terms, even if those meanings
> and definitions are not accessible to the formal semantics
> of RDF; and, moreover, those meanings are *preserved* under
> any formally sanctioned inference processes. 

Here is the very, very scary part.  Anyone publishing any RDF, even if the
publishing is being done by an agent that only understands RDF formal
meaning, is considered to import the entirely of the social meaning of a
bunch of other RDF documents.  How can any organization employ RDF agents
under this extraordinarily strong reading of RDF meaning?

(Yes, none of this may in the end stand up in a court of law, but I forsee
lots of lawyers getting rich in the process!).


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