"uid" microformats? (was Re: [uf-discuss] ISBN mark-up)

Xiaoming Liu liu_x at lanl.gov
Wed Apr 26 10:49:45 PDT 2006

On Wed, 26 Apr 2006, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:

> The FRBR model says that when talking about stuff, we can think in
> terms of four levels of abstraction; from top to bottom:
> 1) work - an abstract creation
> 2) expression - some realization of a work (say, an english language text)
> 3) manifestation (a physical production, like a book)
> 4) item - the specific thing you have in your hand or on your screen
> URLs are in essence focused on 4; they are about locating items. With
> web documents, that URL is in essence equivelant to the manifestation
> too. If one wants to get article x, one goes to one particular url. No
> problem.

Although this might be true in some cases, I think it's problemtic to 
equal URL with FRBR item.

There are cases URLs are used in more abstract level, such as XML 
namespace, or even recent timbl's advocating http URI in FOAF [1]. So I 
think at least we need to be cautious here.

[1] http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/71


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