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That's my opinion as well. By saying a resource
is any object with identity, there is a convenient
fiction of setness. The resource ends up being
the braces. Identity is an assigned property of
the function of identification, not an intrinsic
property in this case. But I think the term became
necessary because otherwise, it is difficult to use
the term Identifier given that there is no real object
But that doesn't fix the problem. As I said before,
the issue comes up in the context of RDF attempting
to use URIs for one to one mappings. It would seem
that if they are using a name which must map, they
must be responsible for specifying the selector
mechanism which as you point out on the Web, is
the protocol technology (eg, HTTP). What does
RDF do at that stage of identifying?
From: Joe English [mailto:email@example.com]
I'll offer a counteropinion:
There is no such thing as a "Resource".
URIs don't Identify anything on their own.
Other technologies (RDF, XMLNS, HTTP, etc.)
*use* URIs to Identify things. The nature of
the thing Identified depends on who's doing
If we dispose of the inconvenient fiction
of a "Resource", most of the metaphysical hooey
surrounding URIs goes away.