This chapter addresses the issues about how can have URIs.
People have a characteristic that is shared by most of the physical world: they are (or were) 'things' within this physical world. On the other hand, URIs are supposed to give unambiguous labels to things which may be physical but may only exist in a digital world.
So what is my URI?
If I am (or was) lucky enough to be a "researcher, inventor, writer, artist, performer, publisher, etc" then according to the International Standard Name Identifier then I have probably been assigned an ISNI number. I didn't have any involvment in that, and it only keeps a limited amount of information about me. That's okay: the mission of the ISNI Authority is to assign a unique ISNI number to each researcher, etc "so that every published work can be unambiguously attributed to its creator".
My ISNI entry is
ISNI: 0000 0001 1774 8769 Name: Newmarch, Jan Newmarch, Jan D. Newmarch, Jan Dennis Creation class: Language material Text Creation role: author Titles: Foundations of Jini 2 programming Jini technology Logic programming, 1990: Logic programming : prolog and stream parallel languages programmer's guide to Jini technology, A X window system and motif, c1992:, The X Window System and Motif, The : a fast track approachThis misses out my research publications, so it doesn't capture very much about my academic work. But of course, it misses out on all the other things that I have done, and am. And it doesn't even seem to give the ISBNs of my books :-(.
Nevertheless, an ISNI can also be used as a URI for the people
in its database, by prefixing the number with
http://isni-url.oclc.nl/isni/0000000117748769So I suppose you could say that it is one of the possible URIs for me, that captures some aspects of me.
Much discussion has been held about what a URL (or a URI) means in the
context of identifying "things not on the Web" versus "things on the Web."
The paper by David Booth
Four Uses of a URL: Name, Concept, Web Location and Document Instance
discusses a fictitous URL for the concept "love",
http://x.org/love. There are four possible meanings
that could be given to this URL:
"http://x.org/love contains three forward slashes." "http://x.org/love makes the world go round." "http://x.org/love has the document you seek." "http://x.org/love is a good description of the concept of love."This is just a complex variation on the old
Paris is a five letter word Paris is a city in France
The problem of how to distinguish between these in URIs has not been resolved: the document Cool URIs for the Semantic Web makes suggestions but isn't really satisfactory.
I have a LinkedIn page. I can (with difficulty) find my
Public Profile link which is
Could this count as a URI for me? At least I have some
control over the content, so it would be a representation
of some aspects of me!
I would guess that Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc have similar URIs, although not necessarily of me.
If I were dead, and really, really famous, then there would be host of URIs for me to choose from. But none of them would be really Shakespeare, just different representations of aspects of the person.
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