What is a document?

The following is a verbatim post on Richard Cyganiak’s blog recently. I normally hate re-blogging other people’s content – however, this one is so funny, it deserves further attention:

QOTD: timbl is a document

Simon Spero on the SKOS list:

The meaning of “document” in this context is extremely broad; if we follow Otlet’s definition of a document as anything which can convey information to an observer, the term would seem to cover anything which can have a subject.

By this standard, timbl is a document, but only when someone’s looking.

Ah, the Semantic Web community! Please leave your common sense at the door …

And Amen to that!

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