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Re: URI note snapshot available

From: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:03:35 -0400
Message-Id: <D5193099-55B0-42BB-9901-E718E0DBABA6@creativecommons.org>
Cc: "public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
To: "Booth, David (HP Software - Boston)" <dbooth@hp.com>

Thanks for the very detailed read!  I will do my best to do justice  
to your comments.

Just to address one of your points: The reason for emphasizing non- 
web naming systems and de-emphasizing URIs is to say that the real  
goal is clear communication, and that using URIs doesn't give you any  
magical powers, or any special license for poor documentation,  
unstable or badly-established denotation, or gratuitous synonymy.  
We've too often seen odd practices involving URIs that wouldn't have  
occurred if the perpetrator believed URIs were truly comparable with  
other naming systems used in durable public communication. (Not all  
of these have been in http: space, either.) This is very difficult to  
convey I think. The note represents our best effort so far.

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