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Re: New draft TAG Finding on The Self-Describing Web

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 15:45:48 -0400
Message-ID: <465DD46C.1050507@musc.edu>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
CC: www-tag@w3.org

> Xiaoshu Wang scripsit:
>> Is a picture of Shakespeare a "representation" or a "description" of 
>> him? IMHO, the essential difference between an information resource and 
>> a non-information resource is only the former can have a 
>> "representation" in the web.
> In the semantic web, what we talk about is resources, and resources
> have URIs, so if we are allowed to talk about Shakespeare, there must
> be a URI for him.  If http://www.heritage.org/images/shakespeare.jpg
> were declared by its owner to refer to Shakespeare, then the content
> retrieved from that URI would unquestionably be a representation of him.
Of course, no one can prevent the owner from declaring 
"http://www.heritage.org/images/shakespeare.jpg" referring to 
Shakespeare.  But doing so would create confusions, which httpRange-14 
finding is specifically made to clarify. Use the same URI to talk about 
Shakespeare, the person, and Shakespeare the picture is not a good 
recommended practice.  Sure, the owner can ignore the recommendation and 
do it his own way, but doing so would make his resource less sharable 
and therefore less communicable. 

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