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   Re: [xml-dev] URIs and Names on the Web

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James Fuller wrote:
> a new rock speciman, found in the field, could possibly be named;
> - using a latin name
> - using the name of the person who found it
> - using the name of the place where it was found
> - using the name reflecting characteristics of crystalline habit, chemical
> compisition, hardness test, color etc...
> - a mixture of the above

Well if you decided to give your new rock a name using an HTTP URI and if
you ensured that your HTTP server returned a document describing that rock
when that URI was resolved -- this description would be called a
"representation" of the rock.-- heck you could also return a picture of the
rock if someone requested: Accept: image/*, and if you published this URI
somewhere, you might find that within a few months Google had indexed your
URI and that people all over the planet could obtain your description of
this rock. Heck you could even put all these other names for the rock in
your description.

If you did _that_, then people might actually find out about your discovery
_quickly_ ... alternatively you could publish your discovery in some old
fashioned print only journal, and 2 years after the 3 rock experts in the
world had reviewed your description, it would be published in "Rocks" the
journal ... in the meantime someone else, had published an HTTP URI and
_their_ description has become the definative description of this new rock

Your choice.



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