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Re: Role of URI and HTTP in Linked Data

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:30:47 -0500
Message-ID: <4CDC0C27.8060209@openlinksw.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
CC: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>, Jiří Procházka <ojirio@gmail.com>, public-lod@w3.org
On 11/11/10 10:00 AM, Nathan wrote:
> Kingsley Idehen wrote:
>> 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)?
>
> http://kingsley.idehen.name/dataspace/person/kidehen#this does not 
> name you, it's not a name for you, or the name for you.
>
> It's a name (identifier for the purpose of referencing) of "#this, as 
> described by http://kingsley.idehen.name/dataspace/person/kidehen" and 
> how "#this, as described by 
> http://kingsley.idehen.name/dataspace/person/kidehen" is ultimately 
> interpreted to be, depends entirely on context and application.
>
> > If so, what is the URI identifying?
>
> It's identifying, or referring to, "x, as described by y" and what the 
> description identifies is open to interpretation and context (a human? 
> an agent? a father? a trusted-man? a holder of X? a bearer of Y?).
Nathan,

In your response, I don't sense (in any way) the plurality that I sense 
in David's comments -- for which I sought clarification.

I interpret David's response (maybe inaccurately) as saying:
http://kingsley.idehen.name/dataspace/person/kidehen#this, isA URI that 
can have > 1 Referent. None of your expressions infer that.


Kingsley
>
> Best,
>
> Nathan
>
>


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