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Re: longevity of names

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:38:24 +0100
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd1003250438r4b21e957xea55f7043b0cce0e@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jakub Kotowski <jakubkotowski@gmx.net>
Cc: Alexander Johannesen <alexander.johannesen@gmail.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
On 25 March 2010 11:48, Jakub Kotowski <jakubkotowski@gmx.net> wrote:
> Danny Ayers schrieb:
>  > The data on the planet now is probably as fragile.
>>
>> What *is* the digital equivalent of parchment?
>
> Digital data definitely is fragile but usually it is seen so because
> recording and playback methods quickly become outdated. There already
> are people looking at this problem:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Dark_Age
>
> Perhaps the problem of naming should be brought to their attention.

Thanks Jakub, interesting material.

Long-term naming really does seem a bit of a pain - immediate reaction
would be to go for names that are forcefully protocol independent
(i.e. URNs), but that would be ignoring all the goodness of the Web,
and in any case URIs as names are technically protocol-independent.

Perhaps things will improve when we see more focus on personal
(/agent/business entity etc) -oriented naming directly, with WebIDs
and so on, rather than having to live with the current model where
naming is devolved to 3rd party service providers.

While Steve Pemberton's approach seems a bit idealistic, utopian even,
I do believe he's hitting the nail on the head in many respects -

http://homepages.cwi.nl/~steven/vandf/2008.03-website.html

Cheers,
Danny.

-- 
http://danny.ayers.name
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