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Re: web proper names

From: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 22:25:26 -0400
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To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Hi All --

Nice to find 33 posts about web proper names in my email this evening... (:-)

I'm wondering if some of the debate is happening in the wrong 
framework.  Sort of like the story of the drunk looking for his car keys 
under the street light because that's where he can see -- not where he 
dropped them, in the dark.

A someone pointed out at the recent SICoP meeting, one of the words with 
the most flexible meaning that we use is, er, "meaning" .

So, if we try to resolve the meaning of URIs within the framework of RDF, 
perhaps we are just looking in the wrong place.

So, what's needed?  I'd argue that our discussions about web proper names 
and URIs can never converge to something computationally useful, unless we 
broaden the frame of discussion to bring in natural language 
processing.  In particular, a solid way of computationally linking RDF and 
English, in both directions, would do the trick.

Unfortunately, full natural language processing is a deep (and fascinating) 
ongoing research area in its own right, so something simpler is needed if 
the "web proper names" debate is to converge in this decade.

However, there is a rather lightweight, pragmatic method of making the 
computational RDF <--> English link.  The latest arguments for this are at [1].

So, this is clearly from left field when put alongside the web proper names 
posts so far.  But does it help?  I hope so...

                                 Cheers,  -- Adrian


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