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RE: URI Declarations [Grounding]

From: Booth, David (HP Software - Boston) <dbooth@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 08:11:29 +0000
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
CC: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <184112FE564ADF4F8F9C3FA01AE50009EE95BF94D8@G1W0486.americas.hpqcorp.net>

> From: Pat Hayes
> [ . . . ]
> The SWeb seems to be ticking along without any need for a
> special grounding mechanism. In practice, people manage to
> get their referents grounded well enough in practice, without
> needing to be told how to do it.

Yes and no.  Given a particular ontology for grounding a URI, then yes, in practice people manage well enough.  But given a potentially unbounded set of ontologies for grounding that URI, any of which *might* be the right one to use, then no, people do *not* know how to make their applications select one over another.  This is a real problem.  For a given URI, people do not yet agree on what algorithm to use to select the grounding for that URI.

David Booth, Ph.D.
HP Software
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