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All that is necessary is to distinguish the system
of identification from the identity of the object
so identified. Then state clearly that in the discussions
of URI, one is referring to a system identity, a
means of representing the object.
Then it all works fine because if someone asserts
the "the word is not the thing" argument, you can
say, "absolutely. We are discussing it's system
identity" and move on.
The reason this keeps coming up is that some protagonists
want to insist and enforce that their system is somehow
more "real" than others. "The Web" doesn't exist but
by insisting that it does, some politics of locking
system identities to real objects are made easier.
From: Miles Sabin [mailto:MSabin@interx.com]
It's tough dealing with ambiguity and context dependence, but the
problems can't be made to go away be defining them out of existence.
The Semantic Web, be it hubris or the next big thing, will be mired
in it ... but so will everything else, so we'd better just get used to
the idea and either tackle it head on or develop strategies for