2004-11-19

Web Proper Names

SWAD Forum is definitely the place to monitor those days. After introduction of Subject Indicator in SKOS-Core, Alistair Miles launched a very lively thread "Working around identity crisis" which has attracted Harry Halpin of University of Edinburgh to introduce yesterday in the debate an amazing paper called "Web Proper Names: Naming Referents on the Web".
The paper proposes a process, leveraging the statistical results yielded by search engines, to define and name bottom-up equivalence classes of URIs, which all together 'probably' are about the same thing. The concept is somehow similar to the notion of Subject Identity Measure, since the probability of sameness can be quantified.