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Re: Hammer vs. tweezers

From: Sergey Melnik <melnik@db.stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 13:51:58 -0700
Message-ID: <3B27D26E.4BD7A8F1@db.stanford.edu>
To: jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com
CC: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
jos.deroo.jd@belgium.agfa.com wrote:
> > The set of statements that are subject
> > of semantic interpretation can be selected in an unspecified,
> > application-specific way.
> I'm trying to understand what you mean and I'm struggling
> with that last sentence. No matter how many times I
> read it, I'm not understanding it.
> It's in particular that
>   set of statements
>   subject
>   semantic interpretation
>   unspecified selection
> So what does that last sentence actually mean?

Let me give an example. We expect to find RDF statements on many
webpages and in many online data sources. Specific applications
typically consider only a subset of all available data (e.g. certain
domain, certain set of trusted servers, certain vocabularies, etc.) I
was trying to convey the idea that meaningful semantics exists only for
such limited datasets, whose boundaries are determined in a particular
application context. It probably would be inappropriate to refer to the
set of all webpages on public servers when say defining the semantics of

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