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Re: Proposal: #rdfms-identity-anon-resources

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@Baltimore.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 21:19:47 +0100
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To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>, RDF core WG <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>
At 06:37 AM 7/23/01 +0100, Brian McBride wrote:
>DanC makes concrete a fundamental philosophical point:
>   An RDF processor can never know enough about the real world to decide
>   that two anonymous descriptions were intended to describe the same
>   resource.
>Thus, if an RDF processor is ever to generate a URI for an anonymous
>resource, it must never use the same URI twice, otherwise it risks
>asserting that two different resources are in fact the same.
>The only algorithms that it can use therefore are those that generate
>(probably) unique identifiers each time they are called such as uuidgen.


I agree.  This is the complication of requiring unique URIs mentioned 
previously.  I think it's a choice we are coming close to making (one way 
or the other).


Graham Klyne                    Baltimore Technologies
Strategic Research              Content Security Group
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