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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:30:45 -0400
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On 7/30/13 2:58 PM, John F Sowa wrote:
> The same speaker may use different words or the same words in different
> senses when talking about the same case with different people for
> different purposes.  Replacing words with IRIs is worse than useless,
> because it gives a misleading impression of precision.
Doesn't this depend on the communication medium though? If any of these 
entities are communicating by desktop, notebook, tablet, palm top, phone 
etc., circa, 2013, there is immense value in have HTTP URI denotes the 
entities, relationships, and relations in the discourse domain. To the 
participants in such communications the HTTP URIs will be tucked behind 
HTML anchor tags.    (01)

HTTP URIs as identifiers are only problematic when that are placed 
(unhinged) in the plain view of the user reading a document. I believe 
that HTTP URIs should be experienced rather than seen -- unless the user 
actually seeks them out for quick access and query path traveral operations.    (02)

To conclude, they are really powerful -- as exemplified by the World 
Wide Web -- but could be compromised (as perceived as useless) when 
applied inappropriately in data visualization and other related user 
interfaces :-)    (03)

When modeling linked data (Abox, TBox, or RBox) I increasingly urge 
folks to do the following, as a complement to HTTP based entity URIs :    (04)

1. add an rdfs:label and rdfs:comment  relations
2. add a foaf:depiction relation
3. add a skos:prefLabel relation.    (05)

The items above can work wonders for UI/UX atop entity relationship 
graph oriented structured data (e.g., RDF) .    (06)

Links:    (07)

1. http://bit.ly/17XDPkP -- the images, and text (note: Google Translate 
incorporation) exemplify the points above
2. http://bit.ly/1aVf46D -- different example showing the use of a 
generic image (the RDF triple) from the foaf:depiction relation in the 
underlying ontology that drives this tool .    (08)

--     (09)

Regards,    (010)

Kingsley Idehen 
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OpenLink Software
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