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Re: Terminology Question concerning Web Architecture and Linked Data

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:41:17 -0400
To: "Hans Teijgeler" <hans.teijgeler@quicknet.nl>
Cc: "'Linking Open Data'" <linking-open-data@simile.mit.edu>, "SW-forum" <semantic-web@w3.org>, "Paap, Onno" <onno.paap@gmail.com>, "Benjamins, Robin" <rxbenjam@bechtel.com>
Message-ID: <12648.1185284477@ubuhebe>

"Hans Teijgeler" <hans.teijgeler@quicknet.nl> writes:
> To me the distinction between information and non-information resources is
> non-existing, because what you call a non-information resource actually
> contains information as well

But it doesn't contain *only* information.  Information Resources are
things which can be entirely and completely encoded as bits and then
transmitted over a network.  They can be copied, perfectly.  They can be
serialized.  They are pure information.  (Another name I suggested for
this class was "Digital Artifact", but the TAG went with "Information
Resource" instead.)

That, it seems to me, is a fairly crisp and useful class to define when
talking about computer systems like the Web.

    -- Sandro
Received on Tuesday, 24 July 2007 13:42:42 UTC

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