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From: Chris Purcell <cjp39@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 03:38:45 +0100
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-Id: <302BC4E6-0F65-11D9-BE62-000A957B97EE@cam.ac.uk>

Do meta-statements (statements whose subject is another statement) 
qualify a statement, or qualify its truth?

That is, if I have a statement S1 = <P1, dc:creator, Bob>, and another 
statement S2 = <S1, dc:date, 26-Sep-2004>, am I stating that "P1 was 
created on the 26th by Bob", or am I stating that "on the 26th, it was 
asserted that Bob created P1"?

Another way of looking at this is: do meta-statements refine 
statements, and hence potentially lead to a contradiction -- for 
instance, adding statement S3 = <S1, dc:date, 24-Sep-2004> would be an 
implicit nonsense --- or do they combine to enable trust systems --- 
for instance, adding statement S3 = <S1, dc:author, Jim> would make the 
whole system state "this assertion was made by Jim, and has been 
independently verified on the 26th"?

Does it depend on the predicate involved?

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