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Re: Again: Anonymous Resources

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 12:37:02 -0600
To: Stefan Kokkelink <skokkeli@mathematik.uni-osnabrueck.de>, Lee Jonas <lee.jonas@cakehouse.co.uk>
CC: RDF interest group <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B6CD1FEE.24791%aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Stefan Kokkelink <skokkeli@mathematik.uni-osnabrueck.de> wrote:

> Perhaps the serialization should provide an 'rdf:anonymous_ID' attribute in
> addition to rdf:ID. rdf:ID specifies an URI, rdf:anonymous_ID a local
> identifier that is allowed to be changed (more precisely: mapped one to one)
> by an RDF application (e.g. parser) processing the data. And this identifier
> should not be interpreted as a URI, it's private data!

This brings us to a problem that I believe Graham Klyne rasied:

Is there a need for anonymous resources? Outside of interpreting the spec,
in an ideal world, do you need to have anonymous resources? Could the
functionality be replaced by giving everything a URI and simply using RDF
properties to provide the information you get from anonymity? What benefit
do you get from anonymous resources?

[ Aaron Swartz | me@aaronsw.com | http://www.aaronsw.com ]
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