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Subject: Re: [tm-pubsubj-comment] Published vs Public

Steve Pepper wrote:

> At 22:49 20/08/02 +0200, Bernard Vatant wrote:
>> So it seems to me that Deliverable 1 introduction should take that 
>> point into account, and replace existing references to the "Web" 

>> (semantic or otherwise) to a more generic "network" defined as a system 

>> where humans and machines want to exchange information about
>> subjects, and where resources that network's members have access to 
>> are addressable through URIs (definition subject to re-wording). The 

>> same way we moved the specification from specific "topic maps" to a 

>> more generic "applications" ...
>> Waiting the consensus on that to furbish the prose accordingly - not 
>> much to do actually.
> I agree 100%. As far as I was concerned, this was also the rationale for the
> change of name from 13250 to XTM, which has since been adopted by WG3. 
> The SAM
> also uses "published" and I know of nobody who wants to revert back to 
> the old
> terminology.
> We should use the terminology that best captures the full generality, so 
> "network"
> is more appropriate than "Web" - although you might consider using the 
> Web to
> exemplifying what we mean by a network, e.g. "a network (such as the 
> Web)", if you
> think that might make things more explicit.

I also agree 100%. Bernard's points about most early adopters
being in closed intranets strikes me as a highly likely scenario,
summing up my experience so far. "Published" doesn't preclude
"Public", but "Public" precludes "Unpublished" (publicly). If
that makes any sense.


Murray Altheim                  <http://kmi.open.ac.uk/people/murray/>
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK

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