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Re: What is a WebID?

From: Jürgen Jakobitsch <j.jakobitsch@semantic-web.at>
Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 22:40:12 +0100
To: "public-webid@w3.org" <public-webid@w3.org>, "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1351978812.4883.76.camel@linux-1rgw.site>

i just read the whole discussion that led to this "definition" of a
webID. if i wouldn't have missed it, i would have opposed it with a
"minus a zillion".

"A WebID is a hash HTTP URI which denotes an Agent. You can GET an RDF
model as TURTLE"

linked data is all about borderless data io and putting such things into
a spec is the first brick in the wall (when thinking consequent and

what if the payment wg (fictional) says : a transactionID  is a non-hash
uri, you can get an rdf model as rdf+xml

and the next group does the same with another form of uri and another

what about all other forms of uris (non-hash, mailto:, urn:uuid)...
think about your fridge logging into the next supermarket and shop for
you, it will most probably have a unique identifier (uuid).

think about your home alarm device that needs to authenticate to call
the police or send notification, will it have a hash http uri?

what about the public key? if this makes it to the spec do i have to
conclude that every hash-http-uri (with rdf:type foaf:Agent) is a webID?
does a webID need a public key?

it is sad to say, but if this definition makes it to spec i do not have
a valid webID anymore and i'm certainly not going to change my webID
(with which i have signed a million mails) to a hash-uri. furthermore my
promotion for webID will stop immediately until the community comes to
terms with kant's categorical imperative 

"Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time,
will that it should become a universal law." [1] (know the difference
between interface and impl)

wkr http://www.turnguard.com/turnguard

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative

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