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Re: What a URI means, was Re: erratum Re: resources and URIs

From: Jonathan Borden <jonathan@openhealth.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 09:19:57 -0400
Message-ID: <0dbf01c3550a$f3f2dec0$b6f5d3ce@svhs.local>
To: "pat hayes" <phayes@ihmc.us>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>, "Graham Klyne" <GK@NineByNine.org>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>

Graham Klyne wrote:

>
> At 15:32 27/07/03 -0500, pat hayes wrote:
> >>Claiming that the URI cannot
> >>identify both the conceptual mapping and the real thing outside
> >>the information system is equivalent to claiming that your
> >>social security number cannot be used to identify anything other
> >>than your social security account.
> >
> >OK, point taken: so the URI can be ambiguous. I agree names can be
> >ambiguous in this sense; they can have more than one possible
> >meaning/referent. ...
>
> Is this really true?  If a social security number "identifies" a social
> security account (and nothing else), it can still be used to make
reference
> to a person

It depends on how you define "ambiguity". I see this as relating a URI to a
set of possible interpretations -- as you know this is pretty fundamental to
the way RDF and OWL are currently defined.

Jonathan
Received on Monday, 28 July 2003 09:20:06 UTC

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