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Re: URI lifecycle (Was: Owning URIs)

From: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 11:07:21 -0700
Message-ID: <4A12F559.2010602@alum.mit.edu>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
CC: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
  David Booth wrote:
> FYI, regarding the social responsibilities and expectations involved in
> URI ownership and use, readers may be interested in the following paper
> on "The URI Lifecycle in Semantic Web Architecture":
> http://dbooth.org/2009/lifecycle/
> It is a pre-print from the Identity workshop at the upcoming
> Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
> (IJCAI-09).
> Here is the abstract:
> [[
> Various parties are typically involved in the creation and use of a URI,
> including the URI owner, an RDF statement author, and a consumer of that
> RDF statement. What principles should these parties follow, to ensure
> that a consistent resource identity is established and (to the extent
> possible) maintained throughout that URI's lifetime? This paper proposes
> a set of roles and responsibilities for establishing and determining a
> URI's resource identity through its lifecycle. 
> ]]
> Comments and suggestions are invited, of course.

I'm interested to get a sense of the coordination costs of these rules, 
and the costs of enforcing them, for both large publishers (company, 
institution) and individual authors (bloggers). (The Semantic Web is, 
after all, for everyone, not just large publishers.) Have you tried to 
follow these rules within a small group of people, preferably without 
Semantic Web experts?

By coordination costs, what I mean is this. Today on the Web, if I want 
to point from my site to another web page, I don't have to ask anybody 
for permission, or sign any contract, or have any expectation, or set up 
any meeting, etc. Zero cost of coordination. That's very nice, and 
perhaps important in bootstrapping the Web. How does this mode of 
operation change when I need to deal with URIs? Will it be difficult 
enough that it will become exclusive?


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