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Re: Role of URI and HTTP in Linked Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:42:31 -0500
Message-ID: <4CDC00D7.5050403@openlinksw.com>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
CC: Jiří Procházka <ojirio@gmail.com>, nathan@webr3.org, public-lod@w3.org
On 11/11/10 9:00 AM, David Booth wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-11-11 at 07:23 +0100, Jiří Procházka wrote:
> [ . . . ]
>> I think it is flawed trying to enforce "URI == 1 thing"
> Exactly right.  The "URI == 1 thing" notion is myth #1 in "Resource
> Identity and Semantic Extensions: Making Sense of Ambiguity":
> http://dbooth.org/2010/ambiguity/paper.html#myth1
> It is a good *goal*, but it is inherently unachievable.

Are you implying that a URI -- an Identifier -- doesn't have a Referent 
(singular)? If so, what is the URI identifying?

In my world view:
Identification != Representation. The fact that I can de-reference an 
Identifier en route to obtaining Data doesn't make the Identifier a 
Representation of the Data. It's a conduit to the Data.

[SNIP]

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