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Re: identifier to use

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:52:03 +0100
Message-ID: <46CEB853.4030704@musc.edu>
To: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
CC: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>, Hilmar Lapp <hlapp@duke.edu>, public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Phillip Lord wrote:
> To me it makes no sense to layer multi different protocols over a single
> identifier. Imagine I get an URI like http://uniprot.org/P4543, it could
> be
> 1) a meaningless concept identifier in an ontology
> 2) a URL which resolves to a pretty web page, via a single step process
> 3) a URL which always resolve to the same data 
> 4) A URL which resolves to the current version of some spec like the W3C
>    recommendation pages. 
> 5) A URL which is meant to be considered to be a location independent ID. 
> 6) What ever else we have decided to layer onto the same identifier scheme.
> To me, it doesn't make any sense. 
Does it make sense to you if our personal name is put like "Xiaoshu, 
male, dark hair, 5'8, email=..., address, etc., etc., Wang"? Because if 
so, I think we would be required to name ourself with our DNA string, 
which is still not enough since it doesn't have my birth time, place, 

Don't mistaken name/identifier as information. Then ask yourself what 
you want from a name? Then, a lot of sense will start coming to you.

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