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Re: Primer first draft for review

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:23:07 +0000
Message-ID: <4EC623FB.30408@ninebynine.org>
To: Simon Miles <simon.miles@kcl.ac.uk>
CC: Provenance Working Group WG <public-prov-wg@w3.org>
On 17/11/2011 13:26, Simon Miles wrote:
> I'd welcome suggestions on how to give a non-technical intuition of
> the difference between activity and entity. Endurant/perdurant seems
> rather opaque language as you say, while "instantaneous" sounds wrong
> to me for describing something that can persist and be asserted about
> over time, and "ongoing" implies the activity has not ended.

The term "instantaneous" applies in the sense that the thing exists in its 
entirety in any instant in which it exists at all.  I agree this term is not 
ideal, and has other connotations, but I felt that coupled with the explanation 
you already give this might be easy enough to grasp.  If I think of anythign 
better, I'll let you know!  (I find a similar hurdle with the more formal terms 
continuant and occurrent.)

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