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Re: WebID, WebID Protocol definitions and requirements.

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:36:54 -0400
Message-ID: <50914596.3090108@openlinksw.com>
CC: "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>
On 10/31/12 10:46 AM, Nathan wrote:
> All,
> I'd propose the following
> Definitions:
> WebID
> An HTTP URI with a #fragment which denotes an agent, when dereferenced 
> a description of the denoted agent is provided in Turtle.
> Authenticated-WebID
> A WebID which has been authenticated using WebID-Protocol
> WebID Protocol Requirements:
> subjectAltName ... MUST be an HTTP URI and SHOULD contain a #fragment ...
> WebID profiles ... MUST be in Turtle, and MAY be made available in 
> other machine readable formats such as ...
> WebID Verification Agents ... MUST support Turtle ... SHOULD support 
> other machine readable formats.
> Kingsley: I believe this would encourage best practise and push people 
> towards #frags and turtle for interoperability, but also allow your 
> and everyone's tooling to be conforming even when supporting ProxyURIs 
> and the like.
> Fair?
> Best,
> Nathan

No, because it invalidates all our work, in a nutshell. You are 
basically pushing a definition that ensures our hash-less proxy URIs 
will be marginalized by newer WebID verifiers. That definition tosses 
the WebID work we've done -- based on the AWWW and Linked Data 
principles -- in the bin, in a nutshell.

You are pushing a new definition that rewards an early adopter 
(OpenLink) by invalidating its work. Again, we haven't implemented 
anything outside the realms of AWWW or Linked Data principles, and the 
end result is marginalization.

Your definition is conflating implementation details with concept 
definition. A WebID is a verifiable URI. This kind of identifier can be 
verified using a variety of protocols. An example of such a protocol is 
the WebID authentication protocol.

The WebID protocol uses RDF model based structured data and entity 
relationship semantics to determine that a WebID's referent is 
associated with a Public Key, and by implication its private key.



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