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Re: [ontolog-forum] Constructs, primitives, terms

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From: David Price <dprice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:20:04 +0000
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On 3/14/2012 12:43 PM, David Eddy wrote:
> David -
> On Mar 14, 2012, at 8:10 AM, David Price wrote:
>> What they've likely been told is
>> that, compared to other identification mechanisms, HTTP URIs have very
>> nice characteristics and so are a good choice in many scenarios:
> What does the organization (or an individual) do when HTTP/URI is not an
> inherent part of the environment?    (01)

A URI is also just a string. If you don't like URIs or strings then do 
something else, obviously. Organizations often though just make their 
strategy such that when they extract data from those systems they can 
generate nice URIs. For example, with RDBs some organizations put a 
small triplestore nearby to link across them and then wrap them with 
something like D2RQ to make those nice URIs available for query.    (02)

> This is feeling like the drunk looking for his car keys under the
> street lamp
> because that's where the light is.    (03)

What part of 'are a good choice in many scenarios' would lead anyone to 
believe I'd said 'everywhere for everything'? I'm not sure what it is 
about this forum that makes people say things like this, but it is 
common.  Sticking with this kind of metaphor though, seems a bit like 
the drunk sitting on a park bench shouting at people as they walk past.    (04)

> There's a HUGE amount of organizational software functionality that's no
> where near web protocols.    (05)

... and there's a lot that is. I'm not sure why this is any kind of 
problem wrt my reply, other than perhaps it wasn't read in full.    (06)

David    (07)

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