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Re: Information resources

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 17:29:38 -0700
Message-ID: <3F25BFF2.7060100@textuality.com>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: WWW-Tag <www-tag@w3.org>

Dan Connolly wrote:

>> Other resources named 
>>by URIs may exist entirely apart from the Web.
> Hmm... that seems contradictory; I'd prefer to leave
> "entirely apart from the Web" out of it...

Actually, how about "may exist independently of the Web".  I.e. if the 
Web goes away, so does http://www.tbray.org/misc/Tim, but the ISBN 
doesn't, nor would the person identified by foaf#Dan.

> Hmm... I thought what distinguished information resources from
> resources in general is that only information resources have
> representations (in the webarch sense).

I totally disagree.  My examples include the RDF namespace and the FOAF 
thing, both of which have representations, and in fact there are systems 
that will take that urn:isbn: thing and give you something useful.  I 
can't imagine anything in the universe for which you could decree "there 
can be no representations".

An  information resource is something that is primarily information. 
That's all (I think). -Tim
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