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Re: hashlinks vs trusty URIs

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 09:28:09 +0200
Cc: "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-Id: <12529907-D13F-4A6B-AFA6-1B443A2704BA@w3.org>
To: Kim Hamilton Duffy <kimhd@mit.edu>
I must admit I did not know about the trusty URIs. Looking at it strictly from the RDF point of view I wonder whether it is a good idea to transform an RDF dataset by modifying the URI-s the way it is done in the example (unless I misunderstand something). Instead, I would think having a separate vocabulary to make statements like

<graph URI> <:hasHash> "hash value" .

etc. seems to be a cleaner approach to me, although it may be a matter of taste. Of course, a clear vocabulary must be defined to describe this (and signatures and other things), akin to what the XML Signature spec does.

I guess this is in line with what Manu & al are exploring and which may (I repeat: may!) become subject of a separate standardization effort @W3C at some point…

If that approach is favoured then, indeed, I do not see a major difference between hashlinks and trusty URIs...



> On 6 Jun 2020, at 04:51, Kim Hamilton Duffy <kimhd@mit.edu> wrote:
> I've started evaluating the difference between hashlinks <https://w3c-ccg.github.io/hashlink/> (a CCG/IETF) work item and a similar (but older) effort I recently ran across, referred to as "trusty URIs <https://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5775.pdf>" (Tobias Kuhn and Michel Dumontier).
> The intent seems to be similar, they are both compatible with ni-URIs, but there may be one compelling difference:
> For trusty URIs, there are two modes: one for byte-level file content and the other that operates on RDF graphs. The relevant text in the hashlinks spec is a little ambiguous in that regard -- I imagine it may similarly enable both modes, but I'm not sure.
> As context, in the EDU space, there is very strong interest in use of linked data <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pt-VNnjoYgl23Mlu0Tjyax5RgANPBfDijERz0SNYfSo/edit#heading=h.2fde5vhrnfjo>, and I think we are more likely to be interested in operations on RDF graphs, so this isn't just a pedantic exercise. :) 
>  <https://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5775.pdf>
> Interested in any additional context.
> Thanks,
> Kim
> -- 
> Kim Hamilton Duffy
> Senior Technology Architect
> MIT Open Learning | Digital Credentials Consortium
> kimhd@mit.edu <mailto:kimhd@mit.edu>

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