[sc34wg3] parid0385

Sam Hunting sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Sat, 22 Feb 2003 16:16:43 -0500 (EST)

REF: parid0386 

COM: The subject matter of the section doesn't seem to
match the heading, which reinforces for me the notion that "humans are the
ultimate arbiters of subject identity." But the text talks about the
responsbiolities of topic map "creators" which is a different kettle of

REF: parid0386 

COM: I'm very uncomfortable with the word "creator", first because of its
vaguely religious aura, second because see no reason why the entity of
origin for a topic map has to be human, and, in the case where it isn't,
where I am to look to discover "intent." Isn't this paragraph really
speaking to what the nature of the authority behind any given topic map
must be? And won't these authorities get such autority as they possess
pragmatically? It seems to me that "must accept responsbility" boils down
to following the 10 point checklist, which does or should include
signing up for the SLUO, but I don't see what more can or need
be done that that.


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