[Talk-GB] too many universities in Cambridge

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Sat May 23 12:41:04 UTC 2015

Indeed, they would need unique IDs of some kind for this to work globally.
I nearly said that in that mail. I would probably prefer that in a
different tag that wasn't actually usually presented to a human reader, and
I'm not sure about the UK company registration number as an ID, because not
all operators are companies and it'#s UK specific. A URL as an ID might be
OK though, as those must belong to the organisation in question. Though
they are always subject to change.

On Sat, 23 May 2015 at 13:36 David Woolley <forums at david-woolley.me.uk>

> On 23/05/15 12:02, David Earl wrote:
> > There is a problem having 'operator=Magdalene College' and similar
> > rather than operator='Magdalene College (University of Cambridge)'
> Although I think, where operator is  used at all, it is largely used
> with a loose choice of name, in this case, if you want an unambiguous
> name for use in the UK, simply use the formal name of the royal charter
> company, i.e. "Magdalene College Cambridge" and "Magdalene College
> Oxford" (company numbers RC000333 and RC000334 respectively), rather
> than a name based on their trading name.
> Legally these are the legal names of the entities that own and operate
> the land in question.
> Companies house actually use monocase, so the capitalisation is arbitrary.
> If you want globally unique names, I think you need an additional tag to
> indicate the namespace (England or Wales registered company, in this case).
> Note that the name attribute is generally the trading as name, which is
> also consistent with the "what is on the ground" principle.  If you
> actually used the company name for most MacDonalds people would find it
> very confusing, as a lot of them are franchises run by companies with
> MacDonalds nowhere in their name.  For operator, I would expect to see
> the legal entity.
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