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Re: [ontolog-forum] Hermeneutics and semiotics (was FWD: mKR2IKL)

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:52:20 -0400
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On 4/1/14 10:41 AM, John F Sowa wrote:
> In science, it's not a good idea to change the words every time you
> change the definition.  URIs are good for finding documents, but I
> have very serious doubts about the philosophy of replacing vague
> words with supposedly "precise" URIs.    (01)

In the context of RDF based Linked Data, an HTTP URI simply functions 
like a term such that it can denote an entity while also providing a 
reference to a representation of the description of the denoted entity 
i.e., the HTTP URI's referent. This feature of HTTP URIs provides 
immense value when used in conjunction with RDF, as demonstrated by the 
Linked Open Data cloud where:    (02)

1. identifiers can be opaque .    (03)

2. Identifiers can be associated with labels via relations based on 
rdfs:label, skos:prefLabel, skos:altLabel, rdfs:comment, 
dcterms:description or any combination of these annotation oriented 
relationship properties (we all know a single label is never really good 
enough, most of the time) .    (04)

In  the Linked Data scenario, there is no replacement by URIs since they 
simply act as conduits to entity descriptions.    (05)

Links:    (06)

[1] http://bit.ly/19NRwnB -- Glossary of Terms document that 
demonstrates my point.    (07)

--     (08)

Regards,    (09)

Kingsley Idehen 
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