Hello Michael,

I have had some trouble understanding what the problem is that you think we
should be trying to avoid / solve.

While it is preferable to try and minimise the number of identifiers for the
same thing, I think it is unavoidable that things will be given multiple
identifiers for both technical and political reasons.

I believe that semantic web technologies make the problem of having multiple
identifiers for a things easier, providing we have mappings between them.
Wikidata does not make the problem worse, it makes it better by providing
stable URIs (unlike Wikipedia/Dbpedia).

However my original question to the list was a much simpler question about
whether or not I should be putting www. in my browser or not! Judging by the
redirects currently in place, it is preferable to leave it in for the time


On 04/12/2012 13:06, "Michael Hopwood" <mich...@editeur.org> wrote:

> Nicholas,
> I wonder what will happen where there are already (supposed to be) ³official²
> HTTP URIs for entities in these aggregations?
> In the domain I¹m researching right now, there¹s a proposal that curators of
> the ³thing² also curate (yes, pretty much curate) its URI:
> http://www.cidoc-crm.org/URIs_and_Linked_Open_Data.html
> (see also discussion: http://cidoc.meta.se/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=192)
> Would the owner of the base URL be able to sign into Wikidata and just update
> the metadata there?
> In which case, wouldn¹t it get pretty close to being a WikiDOI?
> Cheers,
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