Re: What is a "resource"? (Was: many-to-many)
Mark Baker wrote: > On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 08:48:48PM -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote: > > A resource might be _anything_. There are resources with identity and those > > without. In this context, a resource with 'identity' is a resource which is > > _identified_ by a URI. A resource 'without identity', in this context, is a > > resource which is not _directly_ identified by a URI. > > Whoa, hold on there. A URI doesn't assign identity, it just reflects > it. > > Or, put another way, you're making a closed world assumption there; you > don't know whether or not some arbitrary thing has a URI. > I never said that I could determine whether some arbitrary thing has a URI. On the other hand I _assure you_ that there are things that do not have a URI. For example "the concept that I am thinking about right now", or "the whisp of air that just struck my cheek" Now I might assign URIs to any number of such ephemeral things but if I don't are you suggesting that such things might actually have URIs that I don't know about? We don't need to get overly philosophical about things, just realize that when you say that "A resource might be anything that has identity" you are talking about *anything* and this includes more things than you might imagine. Jonathan
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