Re: [webfinger] Registration of a URN for WebFinger Properties

Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> Fri, 11 October 2013 20:18 UTC

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Subject: Re: [webfinger] Registration of a URN for WebFinger Properties
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On 11 October 2013 22:02, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> On 10/11/13 1:07 PM, Paul E. Jones wrote:
>
>>
>> FOAF does not define a set of URI.  Rather, it's XML-based markup.
>>  WebFinger uses URIs as identifiers.  I don't really care where those
>> identifiers are defined, but at present there is no standard property
>> identifer in URI form that means "name".
>>
>
> FOAF [1] isn't XML-based markup. It is an RDF model oriented vocabulary
> that's accessible in a variety of formats. Basically, FOAF provides
> modelling for entities and entity relationships in domains such as social
> networks.
>
> URIs are Names.
>
> An HTTP URI can also be used to Name (or Denote) anything, and that
> includes Relations.
>
> An HTTP URL is a type of HTTP URI that Names (or Denotes) a Web Document.
>
> A WebID is a type of HTTP URI that Names (or Denotes) an entity of type
> Agent (Person, Organization, Software, Machine etc..) .
>
> Webfinger enables the use of acct: scheme URIs to Name (or Denote)
> entities of type Person (and possibly other Agent types).
>
> Name->Address Indirection:
>
> When I look-up an HTTP URL that denotes a Document or WebID that denotes
> an Agent my request resolves to data that describes the URI's referent.
>
> The Webfinger protocol enables me  look-up an acct: scheme URI such that
> it resolves to data that describes the URI's referent.
>
> Data Formats:
>
> When I look-up an HTTP URL I more than likely get an HTML representation
> of data.
> When I look-up a WebID I will get RDF model based Linked Data in formats
> such as Turtle, JSON-LD, RDFa, RDF/XML etc..
> When I lookup an acct: scheme URI (via Webfinger protocol) I will get EAV
> model structured data in JRD or XRD format.
>
> Ultimately, I think its time we all coalesce around the same thing (webby
> structured data), since the host OS (World Wide Web) already has all the
> thorny issues addressed in its core architecture :-)
>

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> Links:
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> 1. http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/
> 2. http://bit.ly/10Y9FL1 -- HTTP URIs as Names for anything has been part
> of the Web's architecture since inception .
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