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Re: What is a URL? And What is a URI

From: Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:40:14 -0500
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Cc: Dave Reynolds <dave.e.reynolds@gmail.com>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1289569214.4137.1315.camel@ratatosk.home.org>
Kingsley,

On Fri, 2010-11-12 at 07:58 -0500, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> On 11/12/10 5:59 AM, Patrick Durusau wrote: 

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> Patrick / Dave,
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> I am hoping as the responses come in we might pick up something. There
> is certainly some confusion out there. 
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> Note my comments yesterday re. URIs and Referents. I believe this
> association to be 1:1, but others may not necessarily see it so.
> 

Isn't it that "...others may not necessarily see it so." that lies at
the heart of semantic ambiguity? 

Semantic ambiguity isn't going to go away. It is part and parcel of the
very act of communication. 

It is true that is very limited circumstances with very few semantics,
such as TCP/IP, that is it possible to establish reliable communications
across multiple recipients. (Or it might be more correct to say
semantics of concern to such a small community that agreement is
possible. I will have to pull Stevens off the shelf to see.)

As the amount of semantics increases (or the size of the community), so
does the potential for and therefore the amount of semantic ambiguity.
(I am sure someone has published that as some ratio but I don't recall
the reference.)

Witness the lack of uniform semantics in the linked data community over
something as common as sameAs. As the linked data community expands, so
are the number of interpretations of sameAs. 

Why can't we fashion solutions for how we are rather than wishing for
solution for how we aren't? 

Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!

Patrick 
Received on Friday, 12 November 2010 13:41:44 UTC

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