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Re: Request for Review of WebID specs before publishing

From: Erich Bremer <erich@ebremer.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 08:33:54 -0400
Message-ID: <522B1D32.50607@ebremer.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
CC: "public-webid@w3.org" <public-webid@w3.org>
https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/tls-respec.html

Abstract
"A global distributed Social Web requires that each person be able to 
control their identity, that this identity be linkable across sites - 
placing each person in a Web of relationships - and that it be possible 
to authenticate globally with such identities."

WebIDs refer to foaf:Agent.  This sentence left me thinking that WebID 
was *only* about a Social Web and thus people.  Whereas, it is a huge 
use case, I think it leaves the WebID newcomer to think it is *only* 
about people.

The Social Web theme continues later "...in order to create a 
distributed Social Web."

and also in the URL:
https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/identity-respec.html

"A global distributed Social Web requires that each person be able to 
control their identity, that this identity be linkable across sites - 
placing each person in a Web of relationships - and that it be possible 
to authenticate globally with such identities."

Not to diminish the Social Web use case in the least, but I thought a 
sentence was in order (in both documents) to emphasize that programs and 
machines can have WebIDs too and that the scope of WebIDs is bigger than 
for just people.  It's mentioned briefly, but not in the scope of the 
abstract.  James Hendler himself said, "so the agent stuff I want to 
push".  see http://videolectures.net/iswc2012_hendler_semantic_web/ (~26:30)

                 - Erich

On 09/05/13 9:52 AM, Henry Story wrote:
> Dear WebID Community Group,
>
>    we now have three specs up on github here
>
>     https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/index.html
>
> All editors think that it is time to publish a new version
> on the W3C WebID Incubator space, to finalise the distinction
> between WebID, WebID-TLS, and the cert ontology.
>
> So we would like to be able to publish the specs above
> at the following location, by Friday 20 September 2013
>
>    http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/spec/
>
> We would be very happy to receive feedback from
> the community before doing so. If you can spot
> any errors or improvements please let us know,
> we'll do our best to get them in before publication.
>
>     Thanks,
>
> 		Henry Story
>
>
> Social Web Architect
> http://bblfish.net/
>
>
Received on Saturday, 7 September 2013 12:35:25 UTC

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