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 there. 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? len -----Original Message----- From: Joe English [mailto:jenglish@f...] 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 the Identification. If we dispose of the inconvenient fiction of a "Resource", most of the metaphysical hooey surrounding URIs goes away.
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