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RE: web proper names [fork B]

From: Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 22:59:31 +0100
To: "'Dan Brickley'" <danbri@w3.org>, "'Thomas B. Passin'" <tpassin@comcast.net>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <009801c49f5d$1ed42110$0201a8c0@Lugh>

> In general, given the shiftiness of the notion of 'aboutness' I suspect
> it might be best to defer to documents' own claims re what they're
> about. But that's orthogonal I suspect...

[Well, I think it's orthogonal to the thread, so I'll label it so.]

Another criticism I have of WPNs is that it doesn't do so. In particular the idea of defining owl:sameAs relationships between the URIs used as suggested in ยง6.4 strikes me as particularly dicey, as I said on www-tag:

[[[I think the sameAs is very dicey indeed. I don't think the criteria for saying "yep, that's the Eiffel Tower I mean" is strong enough to say "This URI denotes the Eiffel Tower". It could be applied to a URIs meaning "The Eiffel Tower during construction", "The Eiffel tower with the flag of the Third Reich during the occupation of Paris", "The Eiffel Tower", "View from my hotel window during my holiday" and "Man jumps from Eiffel Tower".

Further cases would cause some of these URIs to be declared to be owl:sameAs construction, the Nazi occupation of France, holidays and suicide. This could be especially quick given that the way Google works would mean certain pages with the ambiguity that could make this happen more likely to be returned in a set of results. The result is a semantic web grey-sludge scenario.]]]
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