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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: