Some questions

David Megginson david at
Thu Dec 2 00:31:43 GMT 1999

"Didier PH Martin" <martind at> writes:

> Obviously the choice of word like "about", "description" lead to think of
> data about something instead of the data being _the_ something. This is why
> I use a structure like this:
> <rdf:description id="MyID">
> <location></location>
> ... etc...
> </rdf:description>
> What are the gains?
> a) the object is location independent.

Or, in programming terms, the ID is local rather than global, or in
Web terms, it is relative rather than absolute (note that RDF allows
ID as well).  That's suitable for some applications, but entirely
useless for others (it's often important to have single global
identifiers for well-known people, places, and things).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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