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Terminology Help Needed (was: Re: #rdfms-literals-as-resources in scope?)

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 12:47:52 -0700
Message-Id: <v0421010db773ae38c2f0@[]>
To: Sergey Melnik <melnik@db.stanford.edu>
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org

[Pat Hayes:]

> >
> > PS. Heres how Ive been translating this debate internally, which may
> > help get the central issues clear.
> > resource  <---->  entity (ie anything at all, anything in the
> > universe or out of it, anything that can possibly be referred to or
> > quantified over; anything that can be conceived of in the mind of
> > Man, God or Tim B-L; the most general category possible.)
> > URI  <------>  name, referring expression
> > literal  <----->  numeral, a special kind of referring expression
> > from which the referent can be computed.
> > [...]

[Sergey Melnik:]

>I think we need a glossary like that at some point! Mine is:
>entity (constant) = anything identifiable
>resource (constant) = URI, name, referring expression
>literal (constant) = like yours

OK, the place we are mismatched is, not surprisingly, the 
relationship between "URI" and "resource". I understand "resource" to 
mean a thing; you understand it to mean a name. I think URI's 
*denote* resources; you think resources *are* URIs.  (Others, I 
gather, think that URI's are something like the address of a 

We need to get this issue resolved or we will just sink ever deeper 
into terminological quicksand. Since these terms belong to the W3C, 
maybe we can appeal to them for a ruling on this question? Anyone out 
there who claims to know what the answer is??


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