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Re: A Dirk and Ndia story about RDF and URIs and HTTPrange14

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:25:29 -0400
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1333463129.2181.113216.camel@dbooth-laptop>
On Mon, 2012-04-02 at 20:35 -0700, Larry Masinter wrote:
> Identity (and especially persistent identity) on the internet is an
> unsolved problem, 

I think there may be some disagreements and/or misunderstandings about
what this effort can achieve.  These are only unsolved problems if you
set your expectations too high.  

I agree that we cannot solve the identity problem in the absolute sense
of defining an algorithm for determining the intended referent of URI
100% of the time, or even finding the right URI definition 100% of the
time.  But that is not what we should be trying to do. 

On the other hand we *can* solve the problem in the much more modest
sense of providing useful value to many applications much of the time.
*That* is what we should be trying to do -- not solving the identity
problem in the absolute sense.

> and AWWW is busted insofar as it depend on assuming that that URIs
> have owners. The definition falls apart, leaving you with nothing.

I am confused by your insistence that URIs don't have owners.  You seem
to be using the word "owner" in a different sense than the sense defined
since by that definition, it is quite obvious that every URI *does* have
an owner.

Can you clarify what you mean by "owner", when you say that URIs don't
have owners?

David Booth, Ph.D.

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