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Re: Issue rdfms-assertion

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@MIMEsweeper.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 14:09:04 +0000
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To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
At 08:32 PM 11/14/01 -0600, Pat Hayes wrote:
>>   http://www.w3.org/2000/03/rdf-tracking/#rdfms-assertion
>>Summary: RDF is not just a data model. The RDF specs should define a 
>>semantics so that an RDF statement on the web is interpreted as an 
>>assertion of that statement such that its author would be responsible in 
>>law as if it had been published in, say, a newspaper.
>>Propose that the RDF model theory defines a semantics for RDF and that 
>>this issue be closed.
>Er...I'm not sure if the MT (or any MT) would quite fix the meaning enough 
>to satisfy a *lawyer*. There are many issues about meaning still left open 
>(eg exactly how to interpret URIs, things like that.). What the MT does do 
>is tie down exactly what it is kosher to *infer* from some RDF.

Oh well, I was hoping the "small" matter of satisfying a lawyer could be 
swept under the carpet by allowing this issue to be closed.  Hence my 
silence on this proposal.


Graham Klyne                    MIMEsweeper Group
Strategic Research              <http://www.mimesweeper.com>
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