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Re: [ontolog-forum] Current Semantic Web Layer Cake

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From: Jack Park <jack.park@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2007 08:30:32 -0700
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John F. Sowa wrote:
<masssive snippage>
 >   4. The usual methods for using names to refer to individuals
 >      in the domain of discourse (including the option of using
 >      URIs as names).    (01)

Let me tell a short story.  Using the language you described, we are 
discussing an individual with the name "Jack Park". The domain of 
discourse is book authors. Now we must ask "which one?" Google tells me 
that there is a Jack Park in Ohio that writes books about baseball, and 
there's a geek in California that writes about wind power systems and 
something called topic maps. Which one?    (02)

It's clear to me that the domain of discourse would have to be narrowed 
down in order to avoid such ambiguity. Just picking a URI might not 
help. Google doesn't know URIs for any of the Jack Park individuals it 
"knows" about. There are probably thousands of them. The John Sowas of 
the world might have it easier ;)    (03)

This situation suggests to me that the language you describe will 
perhaps evolve some kind of "best practices" for subject identification. 
My hunch is that subject identity by names alone will eventually prove 
to be problematic. It already is when you look at the tens of thousands 
of people on both the No Fly and Select lists from our nation's 
transportation safety administration (motto: total safety at any cost).    (04)

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