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Re: SemWeb Non-Starter -- Distributed URI Discovery

From: Jeremy Wong 黃泓量 <50263336@student.cityu.edu.hk>
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 00:28:32 +0800
To: "Miles, AJ (Alistair)" <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>, Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>, Stephen Rhoads <rhoadsnyc@mac.com>, semantic-web@w3.org, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
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>> > > As far as I can tell, there is no formal, generalized
>> mechanism to
>> > > reliably query the owner of a URI in order to obtain an RDF
>> > > Description of that URI.  And this is a serious impediment to the
>> > > Semantic Web.
>> >
>> > I think this hits the nail on the head.
>> Actually, I think this completely misses the point.  If you must know
>> the owner of the URI to get a description of it, it is NOT
>> the "semantic
>> web".
>> This would be like saying that you have to know the owner of
>> the URI in
>> order to see any links to that URI.  Such an idea would have
>> completely
>> destroyed the WWW as we know it.  Same is true of SW.
> ... yeah but, to make the WWW work you have to 'know' how to get an 
> 'authoritative' representation of a resource (implicit in HTTP).  So 
> surely to make SW you need some way of getting (or better, querying) an 
> 'authoritative' RDF description of a resource?
> SW certainly needs a way of discovering an RDF datasource that was 'said' 
> by a particular legal entity (i.e. person, organisation etc.) ... and 
> identifying a legal entity will often be done indirectly (i.e. find me a 
> datasource that describes X that was said by the legal entity that owns 
> the domain name Y).
Everyone has his/her own choice to describe a resource, anyway. To get a 
so-called 'authoritative' description of a resource, how about if there is a 
mechanism to sign the descriptions (RDF graph)? Consider the Public-Key 

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